Packet 8 (8x8) Announces Great New Virtual Conference Tool

Updated: January 07, 2011

To quote: "8x8 Virtual Meeting is a flexible online conferencing solution that turns ordinary phone calls into productive meetings. You can use it anytime, anywhere, with any web browser! 8x8 Virtual Meeting does not require plug-ins or downloads, giving you the flexibility to conduct meetings whenever convenient."

In plainer, less marketing-laden language, what this really means is that 8x8 now has a virtual conferencing service running over VoIP, powered by Adobe Flash and its own (very highly rated) conferencing engine/tools. 8x8 is charging $30 per month for unlimited conferences with up to 15 participants and another $3 per person above that. This is a great alternative to services like GoToMeeting and Webex for small businesses. The 50 person limit does obviously place a cap on size and the per person fee above 15 people does actually reduce its cost-effectiveness above about 20 people. But for a very large number of small businesses, this is a great idea. For more, see the 8x8 website.

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