While video conferencing and web conferencing are sometimes confusing, the
the reality is that web conferencing is a completely different animal, far more
options and much more features than the video
conference. Web conferencing not only offers the possibility of conversation
is communicating through a webcam to see each person during the conference
link, but to exchange documents, share apps, access to shared desktops, use it
PowerPoint, tables and other presentation features and even voting
This started with PLATO …
The web conferencing is the "full package." Interestingly, conceptual design
the web conferencing began long before it was a World Wide Web or the Internet
structure in place. In the 1960s, the Illinois University developed a system
for the Computer-based Education Research Laboratory (CERL), known as PLATO. it
was a small, stand-alone system that supported a single terminal classroom
connected to a mainframe. In 1972, PLATO became a new system
mainframes that eventually supported more than a thousand users at one time.
 In 1973, Talkomatic was developed by Doug Brown. This is essentially a
is the first "instant messenger" program ever designed with multiple windows
displays multiple real-time keyboards for multiple users at a time. 1974
Kim Mast has developed Personal Notes, PLATO's new feature, which has enabled individuals
mail for users.
In 1975, Control Data Corporation established its own PLATO system in Minneapolis,
Minnesota, the first commercial application of the multifunctional conference system.
Within ten years, PLATO was used at more than a hundred sites
world, some with dedicated lines for full-time use.
However, at the end of the 1980s microcomputers became more and more reasonable
and the end of the mainframe-based systems. Finally, the
The original Control Data systems were down because the PLATO was no longer
is cost effective. Control Data now works with some names
Descendants of PLATO
At the end of the 1970s Ray Ozzie and Tim Halvorsen worked at CERL. Years later
some of the features of PLATO were embroidered and were large in scope
in designing today's most powerful web conferencing tools
– Lotus Notes, released in 1989.
Lotus Notes was the first commercially available product that really took off
for creating user-created databases, document sharing, and remote locations
communication under an umbrella. Create a "relationship-based" environment
which took over the world of the company because of the storm.
Other descendants of PLATO were DEC Notes, originally known as VAX,
by Len Kawell. Even today DEC EASYnet and Starlink are used,
is a universal web conferencing community. NetNotes is a client-server system
designed to improve the original DEC comments, in addition to WebNotes
World Wide Web Access.
True WEB conference
Difference between True Web Conferencing and System Conference
However, it is difficult to determine. When the web first became a contestant as valid
collaborative conference with document sharing, etc., Many companies
received conference packages for originally intranet systems and
redesigned them. The results were not always smooth. Not just the
In the mid-1990s, there was a real web conferencing software that was reliable.
PLATO and other major framework-based conference systems are one
is a centralized structure that feeds all elements into a central computer. This
structure saw the development of various types of conference software
includes Backtalk, Caucus, COW, Motet, Web Crossing, Podium, TALKaway, and YAPP.
PlaceWare is undoubtedly one of the most influential web conferencing systems
Xerox Palo Alto Research was of interesting origin in the 1990s
Center where it started as a multiplayer game, under the name LambdaMOO. PlaceWare was one of them
for the first companies to provide a full web conference for the initial
the release of PlaceWare Auditorium in 1997. In April 2003, Microsoft purchased it
PlaceWare, by adding it to the newly created Real-Time Collaborative Business Unit
P2P relocates web conferencing
Another popular form of software is Groupware, which is basically defined by Lotus
Comments. The difference between the centralized structure of PLATO-based systems
and Lotus are in the add-ons – Lotus has given you many more
options such as scheduling and sharing documents. Groupware is more complicated
as the focus of central software and workflow; so be sure
should place documents, graphics, and templates. Popular Groupware
Products developed in the 1990s include InTandem, Livelink, Lotus Domino,
Oracle InterOffice, TEAMate and WebShare.
As the prices of home computers decreased, peer to peer (P2P) file sharing
has become more and more common over the World Wide Web, though primarily
user-user basis. This has changed when Napster members, then illegal,
informally organized group of college students and other music lovers, has begun
sharing millions of music files between each other. It launched a revolution
the use of the Internet, which ultimately changed the way web conferencing
detected. P2P can be seen from the outset as a way of receiving a web conferencing, not a way
through a single server. .
Groove took this peer to the peer concept and applied it to the web conference. THE
Groove technology, originally released in 2000, updated real-time performance
Power with Groove 2.1 in 2002, and was impressive. The benefits of peer to peer
became immediately apparent – after completing the software and creating it, you
never paid a subscription or user fee to an offsite server to store it
files, you will never lose all the files in a central location and set it up
and good for life (or at least until the next update).
Another company that recognized the need for a quality web conference
software was in these years founded in 1998 by WiredRed Software. 2003
released the e / pop, real-time web conferencing package
features all over the industry – this was the first installable web
conference software with no significant installation time.
NextPage P2P also offers web conferencing and document sharing capabilities
evolved from the Napster Movement. In fact, Napster's example is used
file sharing and downloading to show companies a
peer to peer network through a central server.
What about UseNet?
In the 1980s, the Usenet software was developed with special protocols
formats and delivers messages. It also enabled the transmission of messages
news server to the other, replication in the world rather than storage
any place. It has become a standard of online newsletters,
with Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer with built-in newsletters
for UseNet. .
For some, web conferencing can be easily exploited
UseNet. Download free software to create a news server, create some locales
newsgroups and users access the server with web browsers
to create a conference space.
Most companies of course want a more professional package than
that ease of use and security are issues that you are more concerned with
is a company that has developed an enterprise or corporate web conference
solutions. The good Internet conference package today includes Voice over IP (VoIP)
for social browsing and sharing of applications with minimal, accessories and more
functions, including query, event management, and PowerPoint
presentation, playback, recording and live tagging and tagging.
Founded in 1994, Easynet is a broadband networking company operating in Europe
primarily provides web conferencing capabilities for European businesses. This
Infrastructure Provider Provides Separated Loop Access to Businesses
some countries as part of the "leased line" conference program.
VoIP makes noise
The most recent limit of web conferencing is the practical ability to use IP based
loud communication with a regular web conferencing. While the Web
conference desirable document exchange, text messaging and
tables and many other features, many still think of VoIP technology
is of poor quality, especially so many who continue to use dial-up connections
In fact, there are many market players who have been produced
high quality VoIP offers in web conferencing packages, among others
Voxwire, Orbitalk, RoomTalk, and VoiceCafe.
The Future of Web Conferencing
One of the most important scandals in the Internet conference was
incompatibility between Mac and PC. The hard preference for Macs
are the graphic heavy industries such as architecture, advertising and the
publication, it was always difficult to share and effectively create documents
Web conferencing if customers are PC-based. .
WaveThree's session was released in 2003 to resolve the issue and it seems
to actually overcome this seemingly insurmountable problem – one
is the first very powerful system for Mac / PC collaboration over the Internet. use
128 KBPS or greater bandwidth, Session provides videoconferencing, desktop
Sharing, sharing documents, tables, and live annotations on photos and / or
document. Other types of web conferencing platforms of this type are undoubtedly a
Web conferencing is becoming more common, new developments will appear
will inevitably arise, including perhaps the dedicated lines that are constantly open,
improved, secure peer-to-peer access and more Mac / PC web conferencing options.
There are so many players in the field, it will probably be many
in successive years of different changes.
This article was reprinted as "History of Web Conferencing"
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