Cisco Systems is teaming up with Macromedia to offer a web conferencing system to medium-sized firms.
Cisco plans to release Cisco MeetingPlace Express conferencing software by the end of the year. The system will incorporate Macromedia's Breeze web conferencing program.
Breeze already competes with Microsoft's LiveMeeting service, although PC users who have already downloaded Macromedia’s Flash web animation software don't need any other programs to use Breeze.
According to Macromedia, 95% of all PCs already have Flash installed, so MeetingPlace Express should offer companies a relatively easy roll-out of the system.
The new solution builds on Cisco's existing MeetingPlace software, which is aimed at large companies and has an entry-level price of £42,000. MeetingPlace Express is aimed at firms with fewer than 1,500 staff and will be cheaper, although Cisco hasn’t finalised its price yet.
The solution can be run within an organisation’s own firewall or be hosted by Cisco.