Microsoft NetMeeting 3 Features

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Video and Audio Conferencing
Internet Directory
File Transfer
Program Sharing
Remote Desktop Sharing
Advanced Calling

Video and Audio Conferencing

NetMeeting connects you to any one person so you can share ideas, information and Windows programs while using video and audio.

You can make your NetMeeting experience even better by using audio and video enhancements to see other people and share ideas and conversations.

With NetMeeting, you can

  • Share ideas, information, and applications using video or audio.

  • Send and receive real-time video images using Windows-compatible equipment.

  • Send video and audio to a user who doesn't have video hardware.

  • Use a video camera to instantly view items, such as hardware devices, that are displayed in front of the lens.

  • Ensure people hear each other by adjusting the automatic microphone sensitivity level setting.

  • Change the size of the video window that you are sending to another user during a video conferencing session.

  • Remotely make the trade-off between faster video performance and better image quality.

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The Whiteboard lets you collaborate in real time with others using graphic information.

With the Whiteboard, you can:

  • Review, create, and update graphic information.

  • Manipulate contents by clicking, dragging, and dropping information on the whiteboard with the mouse.

  • Cut, copy and paste information from any Windows-based application into the Whiteboard.

  • Use different-colored pointers to easily differentiate participants' comments.

  • Save the Whiteboard contents for future reference.

  • Load saved Whiteboard pages, enabling you to prepare information before a conference, then drag and drop it into the Whiteboard during a meeting.

Administrators Note The NetMeeting Whiteboard is T.126 compliant and is interoperable with other T.126 compatible whiteboards. NetMeeting 3.0 also includes the NetMeeting 2.1 Whiteboard, which is used in conferences where there are one or more participants using NetMeeting 2.1.



With Chat, you can conduct real-time coversations using text with as many people as you like.

With Microsoft Chat, you can:

  • Type text messages to communicate with other people during a conference.

  • "Chat" with one person or a group of people across multiple computers.

  • Use "Whisper" mode to send private messages with another person during a group Chat session.

  • Save the contents from the Chat session to a file for future reference.

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Internet Directory

The Microsoft Internet Directory helps you locate people connected to the Internet.

With the Internet Directory, you can:

  • View the Internet Directory from a Web page, and review a list of people currently running NetMeeting.

  • Connect to one or more of the listed people or select another person by typing in his or her location information.

  • Perform server transactions, such as selecting different directories to view, and creating a directory listing of available users.

For more information on creating directories, please see the Microsoft Site Server page at

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File Transfer

File transfer lets you send files during a NetMeeting conference.

With file transfer, you can:

  • Send a file in the background to conference participants.

  • Send the file to everyone in the conference, or to one or more selected participants.

  • Accept or reject transferred files.

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Program Sharing

NetMeeting gives you better control over how shared programs are displayed on your desktop, and gives the person sharing the program control over who uses it.

With NetMeeting's program sharing feature, you can:

  • View shared programs in a frame, which makes it easy to distinguish between shared and local applications on your desktop.

  • Minimize the shared program frame and do other work if you do not need to work in the current conference program.

  • Easily switch between shared programs using the shared program taskbar.

  • Choose to allow one person to work in the shared program at a time.

  • Approve conference participants' requests to work in the program you introduce.

  • Allow or prevent others from working in a program using the Sharing dialog box.

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Remote Desktop Sharing

Remote Desktop Sharing lets users call a remote computer to access its shared desktop and applications.

With Remote Desktop Sharing, you can:

  • Operate your office computer from home or vice versa.

  • Use a secure connection and a password to access the remote desktop, files and programs.

  • Protect your computer while using RDS with a password-protected screensaver.

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NetMeeting uses data encryption, user authentication, and password protection to ensure your security.

Security is a new feature in NetMeeting 3. With data encryption, you can:

  • Encode the data exchanged between shared programs, transferred files, Chat, and Whiteboard.

  • Specify whether all secure calls are encrypted.

  • Hold secure conferences where all data is encrypted (audio and video are disabled).

With User Authentication, you can:

  • Verify the identity of participants by requiring authentication certificates.

  • Require a NetMeeting certificate (automatically generated during NetMeeting setup).

  • Require a personal certificate issued by an external certifying authority or intranet cerificate server.

  • Schedule secure conferences that require all participants to have a certificate.

With password protection, you can:

  • Host a meeting that requires a password.

  • Use Remote Desktop Sharing to control your office computer from home or vice versa.

For more information on these and other security topics, see Chapter 6 of the NetMeeting Resource Kit or search on Security in NetMeeting Help.


Advanced Calling

NetMeeting's advanced calling feature gives you the flexibility to send a mail message to a NetMeeting user or to initiate a NetMeeting call directly from your mail address book.

With NetMeeting's advanced calling feature, you can:

  • Choose people to call from corporate directory servers, the Windows Address Book, a list of people who have called you, or from the Microsoft Internet Directory.

  • Place a call directly from the NetMeeting user interface.

  • Use NetMeeting's address book to place calls if your organization uses a gateway or gatekeeper.

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