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LiveOffice Corp. is entering the Web conferencing space by integrating instant messaging with conferencing and collaboration features.

The Torrance, Calif., company on Tuesday launched its IMConferencing service, which is focused on its base of small and medium-sized enterprise customers.

IMConferencing integrates IM, Web conferencing and teleconferencing. The service allows users to launch both ad hoc and scheduled Web meetings directly from an IM chat session. Web conferences also can be scheduled and launched through a custom-branded Web site managed through the IMConferencing Meeting Manager site.

The Web conferencing features include application and file sharing, co-browsing of Web sites, and the displaying of Microsoft PowerPoint presentations. IMConferencing also can archive IM chats and online meetings for compliance requirements, which are especially important in the financial services industry.

IMConferencing, available now, costs $50 a seat per month for all the features. It also requires a one-time $500 setup fee, and the audio conferencing portion costs 17 cents a minute per user.

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