Office live Meeting is a service managed by PlaceWare, a conference call provider that Microsoft bought sometime ago.
The latest version from Microsoft, Office Live Meeting 2007 compete against WebEx Communications Inc., allowing users to watch and listen conferences, document collaboration, live chat and leave feedback to the moderator..
Live Meeting, can host up to 2.500 participants in one online meeting on a Private server, however fee-based standard version is limited to 15 and professional to 1500, it is meant to be used with a phone but still can be useful only with chat.
Participants can download the program or microsoft office add ons or throught website.
Through volume license small and big companies can get even more affordable prices for the service or could buy the office communication server 2007, which interacts also with Office Communicator 2007, an IM client.
Office 2007 offer the following new features:
Windows Media and Flash Video support
Live webcam video
Active speaker indicator
Public events page
High fidelity recordings