Office Communications Server 2007 provides the ability for users to take part in a Web conference. These conferences can be scheduled or unscheduled, and can include instant messaging, audio, video, slide presentations, application sharing and other forms of data collaboration.

This service provides a conferencing facility for up to 250 users and enables the service provider to provide a significant upsell opportunity. This upsell opportunity is enhanced by the ability to support in country/region data storage for countries/regions where Microsoft Live Meeting cannot be used because data is stored in the United States.

Office Communications Server 2007 Web conferencing supports a rich mix of data collaboration possibilities, including:

  • PowerPoint support. Uploading and sharing slide decks created with the Microsoft PowerPoint presentation graphics program, including animations and other rich features.
  • Application and desktop sharing. Sharing applications among multiple participants and giving other participants control of the desktop or application. You can customize the level of sharing or control that you want to allow in your organization or disable this feature completely using WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation) or the Office Communications Server administrative snap-in.
  • Microsoft Office Document Imaging (MODI) Support. Uploading and sharing of any document format that supports the MODI print driver, such as the full suite of Office documents.
  • Web page. Sharing Web pages that can be viewed and navigated independently by all meeting participants.
  • Multimedia. Viewing media files (such as Flash or Windows Media technology files) by all meeting participants.
  • Handouts. Exchanging files in their native formats among meeting participants.
  • Snapshot. Capturing and displaying a static view of the desktop.
  • Whiteboard. A place for free-form drawing and writing in a common shared space.
  • Text. Writing and sharing text on a virtual whiteboard (separate from the graphical whiteboard features).
  • Annotation. Annotating many types of slides.
  • Polling. The ability to create questions and answers and compile and share responses from participants.
  • Q&A. Asking and answering questions during a meeting.
  • Chat. IM within the context of a meeting.
  • Shared notes. The ability to edit and share meeting notes with other participants.