Elluminate, Intranets.com Heat Up Web-Conferencing Market

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Two more vendors—Elluminate and Intranets.com—on Monday launched new software and services for holding online meetings. Both companies seek a larger share of the increasingly competitive conferencing market.

Competition in the Web conferencing market continued to grow on Monday as two more companies announced new services and software for holding real-time online meetings.

Elluminate Inc. launched a new name and a new version of its Web conferencing software as it aggressively seeks corporate business, while Intranets.com Inc. added a Web and audio conferencing option for its hosted collaboration suite for small- and medium-sized businesses.

Both companies are taking on Web conferencing leaders such as WebEx Communications Inc. and Microsoft Corp., which had acquired PlaceWare Inc. last year.

Elluminate, of Pompano Beach, Fla., renamed its Web conferencing software, formerly known as vClass, to Elluminate Live. The company comes to Web conferencing with an e-learning focus and strong academic customer base, but with the Version 5 release Elluminate is targeting corporate business by offering to buy out customers' contracts from competing Web conferencing offerings.

Elluminate Live Version 5, to be available on March 1, will be offered in three editions—enterprise, academic and team (for smaller groups). The new release will include a new audio wizard to help users select volume preferences, improvements to the whiteboard functionality and other usability enhancements, the company said.

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Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for eWEEK.com, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for eWEEK.com. Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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