RHUB extends services to UK and Europe

RHUB issued a statement the other day that the company plans to extend its reach to the UK and Europe by forming a partnership with Collaboration Technologies Ltd in London. For users this means that sales and support for GoMeetNow will be available in the old world now, too.

Just as Citrix intended with the acquisition of Netviewer, RHUB will be very keen on increasing their share of the European web conferencing market. Read the entire statement here.

Adobe Connect 8 makes it to the top 5 of web conferencing solutions

There is a lot happening on the online meeting market, which is now noticeable in our ranking! There is quite some commotion among the top 5. With Netviewer removed and vacating rank 2, Adobe has launched a new version and itself to rank 2.

The keyword that summarizes Adobe Connect 8 best is complexity. Adobe masters this by providing a large amount of features which can be easily arranged on the user interface, which itself can be adapted for every meeting.

Other improvements are the handling of meetings directly from the desktop client (needs to be installed) and the enhancement of the invitation functionality. The invitation process can now easily be integrated into Outlook or Lotus Notes.

Before using the online meeting solution the meeting host needs to make a trade-off decision between two basic options:
1) Install a couple of plugins and handle everything from the desktop;
2) Handle meetings with the online portal, which is a bit more complicated.

Altogether Adobe Connect 8 offers many positive new features and has become a true allrounder that can be used in any web conferencing scenario. Read all the details on the solution here.

Netviewer removed from our ranking of web conferencing solutions

We mentioned a while back that Citrix was about to acquire Netviewer. Well, the plan was now put into action – and nobody was told. So what exactly happened?

Since today netviewer.com only features the Citrix products GoToMeeting and GoToAssist. That was to be expected eventually, but what is really surprising is the fact that we as test users didn’t receive communication of any kind on the transition. The least you could expect is a one-liner giving you a heads up.

Citrix and Netviewer officials gave us a statement today on how existing customers can continue to use the services. All current Netviewer customers can continue to utilize the online meeting solution without restrictions until their contract ends (2 years max).

The bottom line? The flow of information could have been a bit smoother. And since Netviewer is no longer available to new customers we have removed it from our ranking of online meeting solutions, where it was featured as number 2.

Citrix plans to take over Netviewer to expand its share of the European market

While Salesforce.com just inhaled deeply and swallowed Dimdim in the process, the planned acquisition of Netviewer by Citrix is a whole other story.

Citrix Online with its products GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, and GoToTraining, has an enormous share in the worldwide web conferencing market, as the company proudly declares on its website. Netviewer on the other hand leads the German-speaking market when it comes to online collaboration.

In its press release Citrix is very candid about its goals, the major one being to accelerate growth in Europe. It will be very interesting to see what will come from this joining of forces. GoToMeeting and Netviewer Meet, currently number 1 and 2 in our ranking of web conferencing solutions, have been providing outstanding online meeting solutions for a long time and if the joined service keeps “simpler is better” as its motto, web conferencing users are in for a positive surprise.