Looking to hold a group meeting online? Here is a list of software of which most can be downloaded and used for free.
eGroupWare is a multi-user, web-based groupware suite developed on a custom set of PHP-based APIs. Currently available modules include: email, addressbook, calendar, infolog (notes, to-do’s, phone calls), content management, forum, bookmarks, wiki. Online collaboration and great way to set up group meetings free of charge. To top it off, everything is open source (GPL).
Microsoft Live Meeting
The group meeting software is free to try for 30 days and one of the very best packages on the net! What is really nice about this package is that Microsoft has made short videos to show you the power of Live Meeting, how to get up and running fast and what to expect.
This is the type of program you would use to meet with a large group, show your presentation and solicit input. It can handle anywhere from 2 to 1200 participants.
Site: Microsoft Meeting Software
Citrix Online Meeting Services
Citrix provides Group Meeting Online without the need to download any software, you simply type in an address in your browser and you’re instantly connected.
If you are the one setting up the online meeting, it only takes three simple steps to get everything arranged. This service comes with the ability to chat and draw / sketch, reporting on attendees, ability to control the other users computer and more.
One really nice feature is the ability to record the whole meeting so that later, you can review your performance and learn how asked the important questions or needed the most help.
Citrix is an extremely solid company specializing in voice of internet which means you can expect clear, crisp sounds and video without any delay.
As I come across software or services that can help you facilitate a group meeting online, I’ll add it to the list with comment. If you think something should be address, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll review.