NEW YORK - Verizon and Raindance Communications have signed an agreement to add graphics capabilities to Verizon's voice conferencing service enabling businesses to make presentations and collaborate on document editing during conference calls. The upgrade, called "Web Conferencing," will be available to Verizon business customers in February.
Web Conferencing will allow customers to hold online meetings using both voice and desktop onscreen tools without additional software and hardware. The applications for Web Conferencing are:
- Presentations and events: Live one-way meetings, such as training sessions, product rollouts and formal presentations, where a presenter delivers content to multiple attendees.
- Collaborative conferencing: Two-way, interactive meetings in which the content, in any software application, can be manipulated onscreen in real time by participants. In this scenario, the host is granted flexible meeting control options and attendees can brainstorm, create, and modify documents.
"Web conferencing services are quickly becoming one of the core components of successful, day-to-day business communications, and we're giving our customers a comprehensive collaborative service," said Kitty Linder, president of Verizon LiveSource. "Combining Raindance's Web Conferencing technology with Verizon's voice conferencing service allows us to add capabilities that will increase productivity and save our customers even more time and money."
Verizon's voice conferencing service enables businesses nationwide to hold meetings by phone on demand, saving travel time and costs.
"Selection by Verizon is a strong vote of confidence that Raindance is able to meet the distinct needs of major carriers," said Paul Berberian, president and chief executive officer of Raindance. "Our goal is to redefine the online meeting experience from start to finish, emulating the natural flow of an in-person meeting with easy-to-use and customizable technology."
Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 135.0 million access line equivalents and 31.5 million Verizon Wireless customers. Verizon is also the largest directory publisher in the world. With more than $67 billion in annual revenues and more than 236,000 employees, Verizon's global presence extends to more than 35 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information on Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.
Raindance Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: RNDC), is a provider of integrated Web and phone conferencing services that make everyday meetings more productive. Raindance's convenient, reservationless Web and Phone Conferencing service provides greater flexibility and reliability, increasing the efficiency of remote meetings. Web Conferencing Pro increases participant interactivity and improves the bottom line by allowing users to conduct content-rich remote meetings and seminars without the expense of travel. Raindance's proprietary architecture integrates leading-edge technologies into a single convergent communications platform that has been selected by leading businesses to increase productivity and strengthen business relationships. For more information visit www.raindance.com or call 800-878-7326.