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Norwegian teleconferencing and web conferencing company enters strategic partnership with Microsoft

NetConnect Systems AS, a leading web and teleconferencing provider, has partnered with Microsoft to integrate Office Live Meeting 2005 with NetConnect's unified audio and web conferencing platform, Meet247.

NetConnect Systems AS, a leading web and teleconferencing provider, has partnered with Microsoft to integrate Office Live Meeting 2005 with NetConnect’s unified audio and web conferencing platform, Meet247.

Combining the latest real-time collaborative tools of Microsoft’s Live Meeting 2005, with NetConnect’s proprietary and easy to use conferencing product, results in an industry leading conferencing solution that meets the needs of large and small businesses. NetConnect’s integrated audio and web conferencing solution will handle a simple two-person, ad hoc meeting as well as monthly departmental training sessions with hundreds of participants and a product launch for thousands of customers and prospects around the world.

NetConnect and Microsoft have also established a Nordic marketing partnership to jointly market and sell NetConnect’s Meet247 and Microsoft’s Live Meeting 2005 integrated conferencing solution.

Torben Andersen, RTC Manager, Microsoft EMEA, indicated that “NetConnect is our first Nordic partner to offer Office Live Meeting as part of an integrated audio and web conferencing platform.” In describing the agreement with NetConnect, Anderson said that “NetConnect has proven its leadership position with a record of steady, and profitable, growth within the conferencing segment. This kind of strength and the ability to successfully compete is what we look for in a partner.”

“NetConnect’s contract with Microsoft is a milestone for us and with this partnership NetConnect will broaden our range of services to become a much stronger competitor in the web and teleconferencing market.”  said Rolf Larsen, NetConnect’s CEO. “We recognize that our goals to establish NetConnect as the market leader in the Nordic countries and to gain market share in global markets, are ambitious – we believe, however, that the Microsoft partnership will help position us to reach these goals.”

Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2005
Live Meeting is an advanced software service that enables users to conduct small one to one online meetings, and larger meetings or conferences with many participants – the effective meeting solution that enables you to collaborate with groups of three or even thousands. Live Meeting is one of the first services that Microsoft has integrated in their Office software.

NetConnect Meet247 
Meet247 is a Web Conferencing platform developed by NetConnect. Meet247’s features include integrated audio and web interface showing a list of telephone and web connections, dynamic icons to show who is speaking, the ability to generate and manage meeting and PIN codes, global toll-free telephone numbers, automated meeting invitations, document sharing, voting, storage of recordings, etc. With the Microsoft Live Meeting partnership, Meet247 will feature an expanded list of features including application and desktop sharing, white board, annotation, etc.