8×8 Adds Virtual Meeting

8×8 Inc. (EGHT) has announced the addition of a new, Web-based conferencing service to its existing portfolio of business communication offerings for SMBs.

The first in a series of new unified communications services to be introduced over the coming months, the “8×8 Virtual Meeting” Web conferencing service is an online collaboration tool accessible instantly (no software download required) from any Web browser and any computing platform. Available as an add-on service for existing 8×8 customers or as a standalone offering for new subscribers, 8×8 Virtual Meeting lets users conduct centralized online meetings, complete with integrated voice conferencing (to and from any telephone or Web browser platform), presentation slide sharing, desktop and application sharing, instant messaging, chair control, conference control and call recording, with up to 50 participants per conference.

“Small businesses, like those that subscribe to our 8×8 Virtual Office hosted phone services, want and need the same communications tools enjoyed by larger enterprises,” said 8×8 chief marketing officer Debbie Jo Severin. “In fact, in a recent survey of our existing business customers, more than 60 percent of them told us they already use some form of Web conferencing in their day-to-day operations. 8×8 Virtual Meeting is a powerful collaboration tool that embodies all of the cost, performance and ease-of-use characteristics valued by our small business customers. We are excited to offer this new service and look forward to introducing additional communications solutions specifically geared to the small business market.”

Existing 8×8 subscribers can add 8×8 Virtual Meeting service with unlimited conferencing for $29.99 per month. As a standalone service, 8×8 Virtual Meeting is priced at $39.99 per month. For a limited time, 8×8 is offering a free 30-day trial version with unlimited conferencing, up to 15 participants per meeting and a free local dial-in number.

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