Online Meeting Tools


Tool name
Description
Free/Payment
Adobe Connect
An online meeting room facility, complete with video and sound connection, chat facility, digital whiteboard, desktop sharing, poling tools etc.
The system does not require any installations (It runs in a flash-player in your browser).You can invite any external collaborator as guests to the room.
When using video connection, you might experience bandwidth problems if you work with people who do not have a good internet connection.
Free for ITU users. Login with ITU e-mail address and password.
Webex
One of the leading online meeting rooms (but unfortunately quite pricy)
Payment
Campfire
Popular - works together with Basecamp
Payment
MeetSee
Virtual office - cool graphics, but beta version and functionality problems
Free version
Payment version

Tool name
Description
Free/Payment
Skype
Without question the best free communication tool available online. You can easily download, install, and call other Skype users online for free. If you create an account you can pay to be able to call people on their regular phone/mobile. The fee varies from country to country - check the skype website for prices.
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Most laptops today will have inbuilt microphone and speaker, and newer laptops are likely to have inbuilt web cams as well. If this is not the case with your computer you can borrow the following at the IT University:
- Headset with microphone and speaker (for one-on-one conversations)
- Web cam- Group microphone (for group meetings of 3-4 people in each end)
- Microsoft Roundtable mic/speaker/360 degree camera (for larger meeting with 2-10 participants)
Free
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Payment
Messenger
Microsoft Windows inbuilt chat system. Widely used and good chat functionality.
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It should be noted that Skype is recommended for sound/webcam functions, since this part is very unstable in Messenger.
Free
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