Microsoft has recently released Live Meeting 2007. Since it is still based off the old Placeware technology which is Java-based, I'm curious of the type of product and code changes that went into this version since Java and Windows play so nicely together. :)
Live Meeting 2007 starts off with a knockout punch, requiring a massive 15 MB download for first time attendees! How is that for listening to customer feedback and providing customers with the exact opposite: an even larger, more time-consuming client download so all attendees can wait even longer to join meetings...assuming they did not run into any firewall or Active X issues.
The roll-out of this new version is true to Microsoft-fashion: difficult and challenging with plenty of technical issues. Even though internal Microsoft sources confirmed that the 2007 version had multiple technical issues during beta testing and during their internal roll-out, they still released it. (Someone had their MBO's tied to a September launch, I presume.)
The launch was such a smash hit that Microsoft had to recall the Live Meeting 2007 Free Trial because there were too many recurring technical issues. The solution: Microsoft reverted back to Live Meeting 2005 for the free trial. After more extensive internal testing and troubleshooting, the problems were resolved...
...Earlier this week at Microsoft's Unified Communications launch event, the Microsoft Web Conferencing Team demoed Live Meeting 2007. What a graceful and flawless flop. Three specific areas got the audience to roll their eyes back and shrug shoulders with the, "Not again attitude."
- When they attempted to use VoIP for the first time, the presenter and the remote attendee could not hear each other at all.
- When the remote attendee was asked to share an application, it did not work.
- Near the end of the product demo, when they thought the failed VoIP was fixed, they tried VoIP again and instead of no sound, the entire audience witnessed a loud screeching sound that made everyone cringe. (Finger nails on a chalkboard ring a bell?)
In addition, ZERO changes have been made to the Live Meeting architecture as it still employs a "store and forward" architecture, meaning users are still required to leverage the Microsoft iVault Server to store meeting content before, during and after meetings. Companies are not comfortable storing corporate or customer data on a server outside of the corporate firewall. This architecture, similar to all other web collaboration technologies, is why Live Meeting has not earned a single independent 3rd party security certification and why they continue to lose market share. (1999 they had 45%, 2007 they have 14%)
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Old David Letterman Bit on Microsoft: