Microsoft looses ground while GoMeetNow leaps into our top 5

We have done a lot of testing in the last couple of weeks including one of our top-5 old timers.

Every tool in our top 5 undergoes close scrutiny at regular intervals. They really have to earn it! Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007 couldn’t cut it any more and has lost its top 5 ranking. The solution is still one of the better ones on the market, but the other vendors are not keeping idle and have made greater improvements to their software than Microsoft.

Fuze Meeting has improved its ranking. The new version 3.1 includes significant enhancements. A “remote desktop control” functionality has been added and the invitation process is a breeze.

RHUBS’s solution GoMeetNow has made the biggest jump in our ranking: From number 11 to number 4! This online collaboration tool offers a load of functionalities without cluttering the interface, and keeps usage easy and intuitive. And it runs on Windows and Mac. Really an impressive job by the developers.

Just as an aside: RHUB has developed the appliance TurboMeeting which is the base for its hosted web conferencing service RHUB GoMeetNow 4.2.

You can have a look at our ranking and detailed evaluations of the online conferencing tools here.

Good looks aren’t enough – PGi Netspoke is a bit too demanding of users

Our first impression of PGi Netspoke was: Wow! Neat interface, easy to use, and a feasible set of functionalities. Also, PGi Netspoke is one of the few web conferencing solutions that include a specific contingent of audio minutes in its pricing.

When looking more closely we noticed that pricing information is only available for the American market. That was the first turn-off. Other discoveries followed.

E.g. the invitation process is a bit complicated, there being no possibility for integration into Outlook. The tool can only be accessed by logging into the online portal, instead of offering access through the toolbar or a desktop-shortcut.

So PGi Netspoke really is a decent tool for online meetings, but not top-ten-material.

Read the whole evaluation.