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ReadyTalk Adds Video Conferencing

ReadyTalk has added high-quality video conferencing to its suite of technology services, which already includes audio conferencing, Web conferencing, Webinars and Web events.

ReadyTalk says the addition of video conferencing enables customers to host more collaborative and productive meetings and training sessions.

"When it comes to video conferencing, several factors are aligning: laptops and mobile devices have become video-ready, Internet bandwidth has become available, and now leading-edge Web conferencing offerings, such as ReadyTalk’s, are adding high-performance video conferencing as an easy-to-use feature to their web conferencing services," said Andy Nilssen, senior analyst and partner at Wainhouse Research.

A recent Wainhouse Research WebMetrics survey shows that 70 percent of those that use video conferencing in their Web conferences indicate that video increases the "connectedness" between Web-conferencing participants. Another 62 percent like to see the reactions to their presentation or ideas.

Beginning today, customers can incorporate ReadyTalk video conferencing into their daily meetings, training sessions and interviews. The service offers intuitive controls to start video conferences directly from a ReadyTalk Web conference. The technology is entirely Web-based so no additional downloads are required for participants or meeting hosts. As many as 25 participants can view four simultaneous feeds.

In addition, meeting hosts retain the ability to share slides, specific applications, or their entire desktop; highlight key points with annotation tools; promote meeting attendees to co-presenter status; start meetings quickly from the Web, desktop or Microsoft Outlook; and let colleagues edit documents by granting control of desktop or applications (and vice versa).

"Our goal to make it easier for customers to conduct remote meetings, interview potential employees and host small training sessions," said Paul Carollo, product strategist at ReadyTalk. "The ability to see someone’s facial expressions and body language significantly improves the level of engagement and the effectiveness of the meeting."

Denver-based ReadyTalk sells through channel partners.

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