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Screenshots: Free online remote meeting tools that deliver

Mikago

Meetings can be the bane of everyone's existence - especially when you are not physically present for the proceedings. But just because you can't physically attend the meeting doesn't mean you can't participate in the meeting.

If you search "online meeting" with your favorite search engine you will find plenty of possible tools to help you set up and create an online meeting that remote users can attend. Some of these applications are actually quite good; however, many of those tools have a fee attached to them. But when you want to set up an impromptu meeting, or only need the occasional online meeting, you may not want to pay for the service.

In my search for reliable and free online meetings tools I found four that are actually very serviceable for just about any instance: for full-blown meetings, for instruction, or even for support. In this document, I am going to highlight each these free alternatives and, in the end, point to the one which stands out as a clear favorite.

Mikago
Mikago is screen sharing application that allows you to easily invite users into your desktop where you can whiteboard, share, schedule, record, playback, transfer files, copy/paste, pause, and much more.

I found this particular tool to be a great tool for meetings that focus on the PC, its use, or an application's use. The whiteboard feature of Mikago draws directly on the desktop, instead of using an application whiteboard for the task. You can also select which applications you want your attendees to be able to see or not see. This is one of the features unique to Mikago and allows a presenter to open up applications outside the scope of the presentation without the users seeing them.

Mikago does require the installation of an application that will reside in your system tray. This allows you to quickly and easily start and stop meetings right from your desktop.

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10 comments
jfreedle2
jfreedle2

I would not use any of these tools, I currently use Microsoft Shared View for handling personal online meetings.

Regulus
Regulus

Thanks for the PDF Option.

dmcgovern
dmcgovern

the site is free and is one of the best software gems out there... but please get your facts straight....

Oh Boy!
Oh Boy!

Don't you really mean Mikogo? And don't you have a contact email Jack? If not don't contact me anymore.

Oh Boy!
Oh Boy!

Mikago? Don't you mean MIKOGO??

zazizou
zazizou

It's actually called Mikogo, not Mikago. I've used it and Zoho Meeting as well. Both works great!

Robert Graham
Robert Graham

I've been using "Go to Meeting" to work with my web designer and to show my company how our new site is progressing. It allows her to demonstrate the way the site will work and gives our employees the oppertunity to ask her questions. It's a very effective tool, making the design process go faster... much better than the old "Design, change, redesign, change" method.

derek
derek

goto meeting is not free if I remember correctly has that changed? Also, some of our clients have been haveing a helicious time with win7 pro with the citrix bug they are unwilling to fix... I will check to see if it is free...

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