Microsoft to phase out NetMeeting

Instead, the company’s Office Live Meeting software, based upon PlaceWare, will fill the void left by the gradual phase out of NetMeeting.

Currently, both MSN and Windows Messenger utilize NetMeeting technology to power application and whiteboard sharing. Development is indefinitely frozen, however, and Microsoft’s IM clients will be migrated to drive Live Meeting services.

A Microsoft spokesperson told BetaNews, “NetMeeting is still supported and available with current editions of Windows although there will not be any new versions of NetMeeting.”

“Microsoft believes that NetMeeting provides customer value in certain scenarios, and that Live Meeting will be a compelling complementary service in many situations,” the spokesperson said. “Moving forward, it is expected that all future innovations will come within the LCS, Live Meeting and Windows Messenger technologies.”

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