When the iPad debuted last spring, remote meeting and conferencing apps were among the first to appear in the App Store. While the GotoMeeting and WebEx apps are nice, they are missing one important component: you can’t host a meeting on Apple’s device. In other words, you could only view a meeting as an attendee on the iPad.
Most remote hosting technologies require Java, Flash/AIR or a browser plugin. The availability of Fuze Meeting HD definitely pushes the hosting of remote meetings to a whole new level, since they found a way to do it on the iPad.
Fuze Meeting itself is pretty new. It was announced in September 2008 by the San Francisco, California-based company; Fuze Box. In January 2009, an iPhone/iPod touch app was shown at Macworld. In August, the company announced a partnership with box.net to provide real-time online meetings and screen sharing to box.net users.
According to TUAW:
Since 4.2 and multitasking/app switching aren’t live on the iPad yet, the Fuze developers got sneaky with their Dropbox interoperability feature. You can exit the Fuze app, open up Dropbox on your iPad, and then open a compatible file with the Fuze app’s ‘Open With’ support. The Fuze app reopens, uploads the file to the cloud, then automatically rejoins your meeting and shares the content. It takes a few moments, but it’s pretty slick; eventually, this same integration will leverage multitasking and possibly server-side content sharing, so it will get much faster.
The Fuze Meeting HD App is available today in the App Store. For a limited time, Fuze Box is offering new users of its free product a 10-attendee account. Normally, the free account limits the number of users to 2. Paid accounts start at $9.99 for a ‘day pass’ to $29 a month, which gives you unlimited meetings for 25 participants.