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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

What is Video Conferencing?

Many of us still envision Videoconferencing as a video call, maybe involving three or more people. But let's think of how it should really be. Imagine the following scenario with conference calls on skype: One colleague dials a second client, and right-clicks to connect on a basic phone call. (you can Check it out here) They decide to add a third participant who is also available, and are able to conference her in on the fly by dragging her name over the "conference call" button. The three then decide they need to review a particular document, and they are able to call it up from wherever it's located and edit it together, each passing and seizing mouse and keyboard control in turn. If all are equipped with desktop video cameras, they can decide to enable the video as well. The document is updated, the colleagues agree to the actions required upon completion of the conference, and the call concludes with a click. All this is not a dream anymore, because with a conference call (with the right provider for it) and using a data line, you can work in a virtual workspace by: - sharing applications - sharing desktop capabilities - using online chat (even though I hate this) - sharing a whiteboard - using audio and video communication - sharing calendar functions - sharing file and data storage - using an effective document viewer (for the most important text and graphic documents) It really shouldn't be called video conferencing only, because it can do so much more. You still cannot offer someone a coffee using the Internet, but with the right provider you can do more than one telephone call at a time and you could order a coffee from a coffee shop near each of your colleagues and have it delivered in REAL TIME... With the right affordable provider you can ALWAYS find a solution...
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