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Talk Is Cheap!

Talk Is Cheap
by Gary Woods

If you've got a multi-national corporation like most of us do we find it difficult to keep everybody on the same page. Keeping my Hong Kong division speaking the same language as my Caracas division is a real nightmare. I used to have to get everybody on an airplane and bring them together a few times a year but this was really tough on the salary I get here at Casa Magazine.

So what I ended up doing was videoconferencing. This was kind of pricey too, but compared to what it cost in hotels and airfare getting everybody on the same screen was all I could do. Then along came OoVoo. OoVoo is a free videoconferencing service, which supports up to six-way conversations with very good picture quality.

The picture size scales down as the number of users goes up, so it won't suck up all your bandwidth. And the really cool part is that you can still surf the web and upload files while you're conferencing.

Installing the software and setting up an account takes only a couple of minutes and once you've got it installed you'll see a contact list similar to AOL Instant Messenger or Trillan.

Another feature is that you can send messages privately or to the whole group via text chat as well as being able to record 1 minute video messages to send to co-workers.

OoVoo doesn't have features like scheduling, white boarding, desktop sharing and presentation capabilities. But hey, what do you want for free??

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc