- 1. Windows Live SkyDrive (Online Collaboration and File-Sharing)?
- 2. Basecamp (Collaborative Project Management)
- 3. Microsoft SharePoint Workspace 2010 (Enterprise Collaboration)
- 4. Campfire (Group Chat)
- 5. Wikispaces (Wiki)
- 6. Yammer (Enterprise Social Network)
- 7. WebEx (Online Meetings and Video Conferencing)
- 8. MindMeister (Mind Mapping)
- 9. Twiddla (Collaborative Whiteboard)
- 10. Octopz (Digital Media Collaboration)
7. WebEx (Online Meetings and Video Conferencing)
If you want to hold online, collaborative meetings with up to 25 team members, check out Cisco's WebEx Meeting Center. For $49 per month, this service offers unlimited meetings, full desktop sharing, and the capability to change presenters on the fly, record and play back presentations, and integrate both audio conferencing and video conferencing (watch up to six meeting participants simultaneously via webcam). Occasional users could benefit from the pay-per-use plan at 33 cents per minute. WebEx also offers mobile access, letting you attend meetings via your iPad or smartphone such as an iPhone or BlackBerry (see Figure 4).
Figure 4 View meetings on the go on your iPad.
If you need a solution that accommodates more users, consider upgrading to WebEx Event Center, which supports up to 3,000 participants. This service includes all the features of Meeting Center, and also offers large group event management, customized event registration, polls, and surveys, suited to webinars or broadcast meetings. A third option, Training Center, incorporates interactive training features such as course registration, hands-on labs, and integration with your LMS (learning management system) for up to 1,000 learners. Pricing for these solutions is customized to your business needs and includes a pay-per-use option.