Microsoft plugs Live Meeting into Lotus Notes

Microsoft Corp. on Friday released a plug-in for Lotus Notes to allow Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2003 users to schedule meetings using the IBM Corp. e-mail client.

The plug-in works with Notes versions 5.x and 6.x installed on a PC running Windows 2000 or Windows XP with Service Pack 1, according to Microsoft. After installing the software, Notes users will be able to perform Live Meeting tasks, such as scheduling Web conferences, without having to log in to the Live Meeting service, the vendor said.

Microsoft entered the Web conferencing market last year when it bought PlaceWare Inc. PlaceWare also offered integration with Notes, but that software add-on does not work with the updated Web conferencing service, Office Live Meeting 2003, that was launched in September last year, a company spokesman said.

Microsoft is not alone in offering Notes integration. IBM competes with Microsoft's Live Meeting through the Lotus Sametime service and Web conferencing specialist WebEx Communications Inc. also offers plug-ins for Notes and Microsoft's own Outlook.

The Live Meeting plug-in for Notes is available free of charge from http://main.placeware.com/support/plugins.cfm.

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