Microsoft NetMeeting is a complete VoIP Internet conferencing solution for Windows users with both text and voice chat, multi-point data conferencing, whiteboard, and file transfers.
NetMeeting can be used by anyone for free and is regarded as an excellent tool for corporate productivity. If you wish to participate in an audio/video conference, you will need a webcam and microphone connected to your computer.
Before video service became common on free IM clients, such as Yahoo! Messenger and MSN Messenger (now called Windows live Messenger), NetMeeting was a popular way to perform video conferences and chatting over the Internet.
With the release of Windows Vista, NetMeeting is no longer included and has been replaced by Windows Meeting Space. However, NetMeeting can still be installed and run on the Windows Vista operating system.
Other supported Windows operating systems include Windows 95; Windows 98; Windows ME; Windows NT; Windows 2000; Windows 2000 Service Pack 2; Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 and Windows 2000 Service Pack 4. MSN NetMeeting is usually already built into Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser and installed when the Windows operating system is installed.
Starting a Netmeeting via MSN Messenger
To start a NetMeeting session, you should first log in to your MSN Messenger, this lets other people know that you are available. You can then invite a person to your NetMeeting session. Look under "Tools", and select "Send an Invitation" using Netmeeting. The other person will be notified that you have invited them. After they accept the invitation, the NetMeeting session will begin and you will be able to see, hear, and chat with other users.
Netmeeting for Mac Users
There is currently no version of NetMeeting available for the Mac users unless you have a Mac running Virtual PC. If you are running a "classic" Mac OS, such as Mac OS 8 or 9, you could try VideoLink Pro from Smith Micro (www.smithmicro.com).
Videofrog has chat rooms for general NetMeeting users. It is usually very busy with lots of people worldwide to chat too. However you should be aware that some users use this meeting place for adult type cam to cam chat.
This article (support.microsoft.com/kb/158623) on the MSN website describes how to use Microsoft NetMeeting to establish connections over the Internet when you use a firewall to connect to the Internet.
NetMeeting can be down loaded for free from the MSN NetMeeting page