AT&T Debuts Web Conferencing Service

SAN MATEO (08/17/2000) - AT&T Corp. on Thursday debuted a new Web conferencing tool for businesses looking to hold online presentations between dispersed locations.

To let businesses deliver slide shows or other applications over scattered locations, Basking Ridge, N.J.-based AT&T has teamed up with WebEx Communications, a Web meeting solutions provider.

AT&T's new Web Meeting Service is the latest in a string of similar offerings that carriers have unveiled in the past several months.

SBC earlier this month unleashed 1-800-CONFERENCE, a service that also wraps streaming audio and video into standard teleconferencing applications.

Meanwhile, WorldCom unfurled its new Web conferencing offer this spring. Dubbed Conference Webcast, WorldCom has billed its new solution as one that does not require add-on equipment.

Other features touted in the AT&T Web conferencing solution include a file transfer capability that lets participants share material and a Desktop Share Control that lets support staff get at participating computer to troubleshoot difficulties.

AT&T's Web Meeting Service lets participants send chat messages to any or all of the attending audience; a Whiteboard feature lets attendees draw charts and take meeting notes; and a polling feature lets users tabulate meeting results.

Jennifer Jones is an InfoWorld senior editor.

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