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online meetingThere are many tools and services that can help bridge communication The 6 Best Free Online Meeting Tools to Collaborate With Your Team The 6 Best Free Online Meeting Tools to Collaborate With Your Team Read More between remote parties in real-time these days. Facebook, Skype, Google Hangouts, you name it, there are endless ways to connect the masses 10+ Great Online Tools For Group Co-Ordination & Meetings 10+ Great Online Tools For Group Co-Ordination & Meetings How do you manage a team of people who are spread out geographically? How do you co-ordinate international time zones? The concept of working via the Internet has begun to creep into the everyday workplace,... Read More . Depending on the needs of the users, these tools have come to integrate not just audio calls, but also webcam features, screen-sharing options, support for multiple users in a meeting and more.

For more formal online meeting where you might want to share screens and moderate conversations over a conference call, AnyMeeting might be the new and painless way to organize online meetings. Why? It requires no downloads (unless you don’t have Java installed The Top 6 Things To Consider When You Install Java Software The Top 6 Things To Consider When You Install Java Software Oracle’s Java runtime software is required to run Java applets on websites and desktop software written in the Java programming language. When installing Java, there are a few things you should consider, especially regarding security.... Read More , which is needed to share screens only), you can have up to 200 people in your meeting, and more.

You can register to use AnyMeeting to host an ad-supported online meeting with 200 users for free, though you can also pay $17.99 a month for ad-free meetings with 25 attendees and $69.99 for 200.

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If you simply want to try AnyMeeting without registering, AnyMeeting Now lets you host a web conference without the hassles of creating an account. Of course, you will get full features if you sign up, even if it is for the free, ad-supported account.

When you visit AnyMeeting Now, you will be notified about the requirement of Java for screen-sharing purposes. If you don’t need to share your screen during your meeting, you can still start your meeting.

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From there, you’ll be connected to the meeting interface, where you will be given a phone number you can dial to join the conference call, with notes on what to dial to count the number of callers, mute everyone for lecture mode, etc.

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At this point, you will also be provided a URL which you can email or copy to your clipboard to share with and invite your attendees.

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Once those screens are gone, you can see the beautiful interface adorned by panes on the left to see the attendee list and chat, with controls on a toolbar at the top for options like sharing your screen, webcam, and more.

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Some interesting and useful options from the top bar include the ability to allow (or block) attendees’ sharing of their screens (webcams and microphones, too), as well as the option to record the meeting, conduct a poll and lock the meeting to prevent attendees from logging in to the meeting which I suppose is meant to enforce punctuality or to not go over the attendee limit.

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You as a presenter and the person that started the conference meeting have control over a lot of attendee permissions. For instance, when you conduct a poll, you can choose to let attendees view the poll results in full, in part, or not at all.

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Another example of your power as the presenter is that you can allow (or disallow) private chats between attendees and show the attendee list to everyone.

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These aren’t the full features of AnyMeeting as I only reviewed the conference call options of the account-less AnyMeeting Now, but even for the latter, the options are plentiful and useful for a free service that requires no downloads and no fees. Be sure to sign up to see the full features (for the free account) and no ads (for the paid versions).

Overall, AnyMeeting is quite an impressive and easy-to-use online meeting tool with no complications.

For similar services, see our posts on Join.me Join.me: The Simplest Way to Have a Web Conference Call Between Computers & Mobile Devices Join.me: The Simplest Way to Have a Web Conference Call Between Computers & Mobile Devices Your friend has called. They have a problem with their computer and are asking for your expertise. You want to help, but everything would be so much easier if you could see what's on the... Read More , ooVoo, etc 6 Must-Know Apps to Make FREE Group Conference Calls 6 Must-Know Apps to Make FREE Group Conference Calls Read More . What do you recommend?

  1. Abbas Javed
    October 22, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Great post jessica! Thanks a lot! I am using one application named Banckle Meeting for my e-learning sessions. I found it very economical and helpful. It has all the ingredients that one wants for great web-conference. Please review it! http://banckle.com/apps/meeting/overview.html

  2. awadhesh pandey
    October 22, 2012 at 5:41 am

    You can set up online meeting with the help of Arkadin online meeting services. I am using Arkadin online meeting service. For more details about Arkadin visit http://www.arkadin.com/sg

  3. Join.me User
    June 26, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    join.me is the best free screen sharing program. I always use it to help my clients remotely. If you need to see your client's screen, AnyMeeting requires the remote party to sign up before using, or you need to send the other person AnyMeeting Now link. Both ways are tedious.

    If you just want to share your screen AnyMeeting would be a good alternative. The webcam feature is a plus

    • Jessica Cam Wong
      June 27, 2012 at 6:28 am

      As far as I know, Join.me requires users to download an application to share screens and isn't available to Linux users.

      You're right that if the client wants to share their screens with you (the presenter) on AnyMeeting, they need to sign up, but I don't see how sending the other person an AnyMeeting Now link would be tedious.

  4. venkatp16
    June 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    this is really fantastic.... we are using some other service and almost the interface looks the same. Experiencing a lot of issues with that, but this has started just like that and i'm going to stick to this

    Thanks a ton Jessica

    • Jessica Cam Wong
      June 29, 2012 at 3:16 am

      Let us know how it turns out!

  5. Ravi Meena
    June 26, 2012 at 3:32 am

    this can be used for E-Education, the poll options and the ability to invite anyone with just a link is pretty cool.

    • Jessica Cam Wong
      June 29, 2012 at 3:15 am

      Indeed!

  6. thuya8
    June 26, 2012 at 2:30 am

    thanks for the article

    • Jessica Cam Wong
      June 29, 2012 at 3:14 am

      You're welcome! Feel free to share this on Facebook or Twitter! We would really appreciate it!

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