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August 08, 2011 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
PGi Disrupts the Web Conferencing Market with GlobalMeet® 2.0 Release
With Significant Upgrades and New Market-Leading Rates, GlobalMeet Offers Better Meetings at a Better Price
ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The meetings experts at PGi (NYSE: PGI) launched GlobalMeet earlier this year bringing simple, affordable web and audio meetings to businesses worldwide. PGi designed GlobalMeet to deliver the simplest user experience on the market, with no software downloads for meeting guests and a “connect me” feature that calls participants automatically, making dial-in numbers and passcodes obsolete.
The market reaction to GlobalMeet has been very positive, with more than 20,000 people becoming paid users in just the first few months of its release. To continue to meet the needs of this growing community, PGi today announced general availability of GlobalMeet 2.0 – making the original product even more powerful with upgraded features and flexible new pricing options.
GlobalMeet 2.0 includes a streamlined interface, designed based on user feedback, to make navigating meeting controls and the most commonly used features even simpler. As part of the release, PGi also launched a GlobalMeet app in the iTunes® store – first in a pending suite of mobile apps that will make GlobalMeet available anywhere from any device, for meetings in the office or on the go.
PGi also announced new, market-leading pricing for GlobalMeet, starting at just $29 per month. With both bundled and unbundled audio and web conferencing plans, new options for power users and aggressive pricing for enterprise-wide implementations, GlobalMeet is affordable for any sized business.
“PGi leveraged our 20 years of leadership in collaboration to fix what was wrong with web conferencing. We designed GlobalMeet to work the way real people do, and we are genuinely excited by the early market response,” said Boland Jones, PGi founder, chairman and CEO, who is leading PGi’s next-generation product innovation. “PGi is changing the game again with GlobalMeet 2.0, by offering a user experience and price that is unmatched in the market.”
Additional new features and upgrades in GlobalMeet 2.0 include:
- Upgraded video, with picture-in-picture added to GlobalMeet’s unique “active talker” feature that switches between speakers’ webcams so meeting guests can easily follow the action
- Enhanced screen sharing that now supports multiple monitors, partial screen views and shared annotation and note taking
- A fully integrated toolbar plug-in for use with Microsoft Office Outlook® that gives users one-click controls to schedule, start, manage and record their meetings from the desktop
- Universal support for Mac® users
- International dial-out – with a “connect me” feature that now calls you wherever you are in the world
- Simplified recording for web and audio meetings, in a universal format that can be played in any web browser or uploaded to the YouTube™ video community
- Improved support for Microsoft® Office 2010, including the richest PowerPoint® presentations with animation and embedded video and audio files
For more information about GlobalMeet and to sign up for a 30-day free trial, visit www.globalmeet.com.
About Premiere Global Services, Inc. │ PGi
PGi is a global leader in virtual meetings. For 20 years, we have innovated technologies that help companies and individuals meet and collaborate in more enjoyable and productive ways. Every month, we bring together over 15 million people in nearly 4 million virtual meetings. Headquartered in Atlanta, PGi has a presence in 24 countries worldwide. For more information, visit us at http://www.pgi.com.
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Sara J. Pilling, 404-564-6599