8x8 Launches Virtual Meeting Web Conferencing

generic_300x240Today we launched 8x8’s Virtual Meeting service, a new web conferencing solution designed to make your meetings better and more effective. 8x8 Virtual Meeting is a low-cost, web-based collaboration tool. It is accessible from any web browser and any computing platform, with no software download required. In fact, it doesn’t even require a telephone since attendees can optionally speak and participate in the meeting directly through the web browser itself, though telephone dial-in access for locations throughout the United States (including toll free and international dial-in numbers in 19 countries) are supported, as well. 8x8 Virtual Meeting includes integrated voice conferencing, presentation slide sharing, desktop and application sharing, instant messaging, chair control, conference control and call recording.

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8x8 has been using the Virtual Meeting solution for several months in our corporate communications, sales and customer service organizations. Our salespeople use Virtual Meeting to do online demonstrations of our service capabilities and interfaces to prospective clients. Our support people use Virtual Meeting in order to be able to see a customer’s desktop so that we can troubleshoot or configure network parameters at a router or other network element located on the customer’s premise. We have also been using 8x8 Virtual Meeting to conduct many of our executive and staff meetings, especially when meeting remotely with our customer service team in Santa Maria, California, and throughout our corporate move this summer when employees were separated during the move from Santa Clara to our new corporate headquarters in Sunnyvale. We even broadcast our last earnings call and annual meeting of shareholders via 8x8 Virtual Meeting.

 
Starting a meeting is as simple as typing the name of the meeting in the 8x8 Virtual Meeting portal and clicking one button. Meetings can be started on the fly or to augment telephone calls that are already in progress. Overhead projectors are no longer needed to conduct a presentation since participants can follow along with application and slide content online. And webinars and other broadcast applications are simple to implement and record using Virtual Meeting’s embedded recording service.
 
The 8x8 Virtual Meeting solution is ideal for businesses that want to save costs by minimizing travel and improve communication with the ease of an online collaboration tool. The service allows unlimited conferencing, giving users the flexibility to conduct regular meetings with employees, associates and customers in remote locations worldwide. 8x8 Virtual Meeting with unlimited online conferencing provides:
 
  • Unlimited online meetings each month for one low price
  • Up to 15 participants per meeting with the option to add more on a per needed basis for a minimal cost
  • Options for toll and toll free numbers Ability to record and play back meetings
  • No toll charges for 8x8 Virtual Office customers who are participants in the meetings
 
Features
Trial
Virtual Meeting Month to Month
Virtual Meeting Annual
Price
$0.00
$29.99 (for 8x8 subscribers)
$325 (for 8x8 subscribers)
  
$39.99 (non 8x8)
$369 (non 8x8)
Disconnection Fee
N/A
30 days notice
No refunds
Dial In Number
1
1
1
Additional Dial In Numbers
No
Yes
Yes
– Local Dial In
N/A
$4.99
$4.99
– International Dial In
N/A
$9.99
$9.99
– Toll Free
N/A
$0.08/min/participant
$0.08/min/participant
Participant Limit
15
15 (expandable up to 50)
15 (expandable up to 50)
Ability to increase participants
N/A
$2.99/meeting/participant
$2.99/meeting/participant
Call Recording
Yes
Yes
Yes
Overlimit Recording
No
$0.15/min over 5hours
$0.15/min over 5hours
Content Sharing
Yes
Yes
Yes
Service Duration
30 days
Until VM service cancellation
Until VM service cancellation
Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audio Conferencing
Yes
Yes
Yes
Web Meeting Controls
Yes
Yes
Yes
Corporate Directory
Yes
Yes
Yes
International Dial Outs
N/A
Yes, incur charges
Yes, incur charges
Address Book
Yes
Yes
Yes
Meeting administration
Yes
Yes
Yes
Participant Login
Yes
Yes
Yes
Scheduling
No limit
No limit
No limit
 
For a limited time, 8x8 Virtual Meeting is available as a free trial. More information on the service can be found at http://virtualmeeting.8x8.com/. Try it today! Make your meetings better!

Bryan Martin

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Bryan R. Martin is Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer at 8x8. With over two decades of service to the Company, including 11 years as Chief Executive Officer, Martin has been a key figure in 8x8’s growth, leading the company from its early days as a VoIP pioneer to becoming the leading provider of Unified Communications as a Service solutions. Read More >