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The concept of online conferencing (also known as video conferencing, video conferencing, video teleconferencing, web conferencing, and audio conferencing) is not new at all.

This technology was introduced in the 1970s and digitized in the 1980s. IP or Internet protocol in the mid-1990s made video conferencing more accessible to the world.

In simple terms, online conferencing uses a series of telecommunication lines that allow conference room audio video to be transmitted simultaneously from different points of observation. This is very different from video conferencing.

There are many advantages to using online conferencing over phone conferencing. First, this type of conference allows documents, photos, music videos, presentations, slideshows, and videos to be shared before, during, and even after each conference.

Another advantage of online conferencing is the low cost. Each "call" is only a fraction of the amount you can pay for a traditional video conference.

However, there are a few things that you need to do before installing online conferencing. You will need hardware (camera, headphones, microphone, modem, telephone line, etc.) for your computer and your software from an Internet service provider and an online conferencing provider.

Lastly, online conferences can bring together more than 2 people. In some cases, an entire network of Internet users can even be put together in a conference. There are three types of online conferencing: audio, web, and video conferencing.

Of the three, web and video conferencing serve a very large number of attendees. Some web conferences are even used today as "virtual classrooms" where teachers can contact students remotely in different parts of the world.

Getting The Most From Online Conferencing