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Pleased to iMeet you: a Cloud-based Audio and Video Conferencing Service

August 13, 2012 | William Zimmerman
Summary: What makes iMeet so different than other audio and video conferencing services? This one really works and works the way you want it to.

By Ken Hess, ZDNet.com

Perhaps even less inspiring than a Ben Affleck movie is a pitch from a PR person wanting me to "check out this awesome new audio and video conferencing service." Admittedly, I wasn't at all excited to investigate iMeet any further until I read one particular passage in the initial introduction to me: iMeet lets up to 15 people meet face-to-face online from anywhere in the world using their desktop, tablet or smartphone.  iMeet is one tool for all your audio, web and video meetings, and it has received several leading industry awards, including the Silver award for New Product Innovation by the internationally renowned 2012 Edison Awards. I still wasn't convinced to have a look but I was intrigued. If nothing else, it was worth a look so that I could scoff at the attempt to woo me with the prospect of (yawn) a closer inspection of something I didn't care about at all. I'm a Skype user, after all. It isn't perfect but I've been with it for a while.

However, to my surprise, iMeet is really a superb tool and deserves a look. And, I'm glad I did. In fact, you're going to be blessed/graced/cursed with watching some videos that I produce with this incredible tool in this column and in my Consumerization column.

iMeet 2.0 release highlights include:

Auto-Connect: iMeet hosts can instantly join the conversation with this new feature that automatically calls their computer or mobile device when they enter an iMeet meeting.

Screen Share: iMeet hosts can share their screen in high resolution, with no downloads for meeting guests. Mobile guests can view screen share from an iPad(R) with the iMeet HD app.

Advanced Mobile Meeting Apps: The iMeet HD app for the iPad now includes two-way video streaming, full host controls, faster connect times and cloud file sharing. The iMeet Mobile app for the iPhone(R) now includes larger profile images, full host controls and cloud file sharing.

HD Quality Video: iMeet now leverages the most technically advanced H.264 video encoding for HD quality video without consuming huge amounts of network bandwidth.

Spotlight Cube: iMeet users can click on anyone's cube to enlarge it up to four-times bigger, creating a video conferencing room experience right on the desktop.

Cloud Controls: iMeet's new, easy-to-use admin console lets businesses centrally manage, provision and customize large groups of iMeet accounts across the enterprise.

If you're like me, I've been disapointed with video conferencing tools over the years. It seems like if I didn't spend tens of thousands of dollars on video hardware and software that I just couldn't produce good talkback interview video. Well, now I can and I can do it cheaply--for about $20 a month. That's less than my Premium BlogTalkRadio* subscription cost me and it was audio only.

Now, there's no way, in a static article or in a podcast that I can adequately show you what iMeet can do. It's hard to describe but I'll try.

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