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John Simpson discusses the differences between web conferencing and video conferencing. Learn how web conferencing with VoIP can save your company tons of money.

Web Conferences Versus Video Conferences

Web conferences allow users to attend 'virtual' meetings from all over the world. All that's usually required is an Internet connection and the software if a particular client
is being used.

Video conferencing will allow two-way audio and video so that participants can see and talk to people in real time. In many ways, it's reflective of the technology glimpsed in
the future of videophones, but on a larger scale.

The effectiveness of videoconferences lies in the ability of participants to observe and react to the body language, facial expressions and intonations of voice. While web
conferences are still limited somewhat in this feature.

Conversation is possible in both mediums, though it takes some experience with web conferencing to make it personal. Though it is true that web conferences are about the
dissemination of information and not the socialization of individuals for business purposes.

There is an international standard for videoconferences and this allows diverse software to communicate easily. There is usually one standard location for a video conferencing
server that takes in all the information and then distributes it to the other conference locations.

This can be expensive depending on the number of connections. Also, the hardware that this requires includes video cameras (or a web cam), microphone, and speakers in
addition to the P.C. hard line connections and hub server. Web conferences are limited by only the requirement that an Internet connection be available.

Web conferences can run to tens of thousands of users, but the number of users in a channel limits videoconferences by the capacity of their own server. Web conferences are more flexible because they can run over most any Internet connection but videoconferences require broadband.

There are broader costs in utilizing video conferencing beyond the initial expense of setting up the connections to maintaining ISDN lines.

Both types of conferences answer needs in the business community. Ultimately an end user, in most cases the companies that require these services, will have to decide
what serves their own interests. For some, the cost of video conferencing is going to be prohibitive versus the value it returns.

Still others may value the personalization of video conferencing. While it's true that web conferencing has an edge because of its relatively low initial costs, this too could vary upon usage.

Find out why web conferencing can slash your companies travel and communication costs. Discover all you need to know about voip, and how to use this breakthro technology.

About the Author

John Simpson works in software development. Some time ago he was asked to research voip and web conferencing. Now his company has slashed their comms bill and travel costs, using web conferencing technologies.

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