[Tech Tuesday] Live Meeting Software Reviewed

    April 2, 2013

    Happy Tech Tuesday! Today we will be reviewing some of the top live meeting software for you so that you can quickly decide the best option for you. Live meeting software makes it easy for people to work together on projects without having to physically be in the same location. From CEOs to event planners to managers, practically everyone can make their lives a little easier by using live meeting software. Need to book your event venue or choose which menu to serve at your next banquet? Simply schedule a live meeting and take care of business.

    GoToWebinar. With GoToWebinar, you can connect with up to 1,000 people and share a presentation with slides, videos, text and more. You can brand the software with your company details for each presentation as well as schedule the webinar in advance and invite panelists and attendees. The software also allows users to record the entire presentation and offers desktop sharing. There is a 30-day free trial and plans start at $99/ month for up to 100 participants. If you are looking for something smaller, the company offers GoToMeeting plans starting at $49/ month for up to 15 people.

    Microsoft Office Live Meeting. Host your next event planning meeting with Microsoft Office Live Meeting and nail down those little details such as choosing an event space, designing the invitations, and more. Microsoft allows you to include up to 1,250 participants for Professional Users and includes features such as live polling, desktop sharing, and session recording. If you’re looking for a smaller scale software, Microsoft offers a Standard Users option where you can conduct meetings with up to 250 participants for $4.50 per user per month. There is a 14-day free trial as well.

    Adobe Connect. Adobe Connect is an excellent piece of software for virtual meetings and webinars. Users can connect from any device including mobile and tablets. Presenters can include rich multimedia and video experiences for participants with integrated audio and video conferencing. Participants can join meetings instantly and easily without needing to download additional software. Adobe Connect also allows you to manage the meeting more efficiently with virtual meeting rooms and a place to store and organize all your files and notes. 30-day free trial is available and packages start at $45/ month or in the pay-per-use plan you can pay $0.32 per minute per user.

    Cisco WebEx. This software has everything you need to host meetings and webinars from anywhere in the world. Features include live polling, session recording, mobile access, and more. They offer the option to host 1,000 participants with their WebEx Training Center and 3,000 participants with their WebEx Event Center. There is a 14-day free trial and plans start at $49/ month for up to 25 participants.

    What’s your favorite live meeting software? Feel free to share with us in the comments section below, on Facebook or Twitter.