Introducing the join.me Video Beta – Let the ideas bubble up!

Our philosophy behind join.me has been the same since we started – make online meetings simple and easy. Let people share ideas instantly. So we made it a pleasure to meet online. No downloads for people who join. Let you start in seconds. And let you use it for free. We started a revolution in the online meeting space that continues today.

And as we have added new features to join.me, we’ve always gotten the same request from our users – please keep it simple and easy to use.

So when it came to delivering video conferencing, we wanted to apply the same philosophy. It was not just about enabling the ability for people to stare at each other on their screens. We had to rethink how to enable people to interact visually.  When people get together, it is not an opportunity to stare each other – but an opportunity to collaborate. An opportunity to share new ideas and interact.

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So it is with great pleasure that today we introduce the join.me video beta. It’s a different approach on video conferencing. Not so rigid as some other solutions. But something we hope is as simple, delightful, and intuitive as the join.me that tens of millions of users have come to know and love over these past few years. With the join.me video beta, we introduce our join.me video bubblesTM. Simple, light, floating visual images of you and the people you are meeting with. They float. They bounce. Go ahead, grab a bubble and play with it. Move it around the screen. Even bounce them into each other. We wanted to let you have a little fun while you interact in an experience you will remember.

And we’re introducing it in a way so that we could get feedback from the most important people we know – our users. We want your feedback as you use it. What works for you? And what doesn’t? When it comes to collaboration, we enjoy collaborating with our users. Because every day, our goal is to provide a simple and delightful experience for everyone using join.me.

To try the join.me video beta, just click the “Join beta” prompt:

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This is just the beginning. You can expect weekly updates with new features, new interactions, and bug fixes, of course. Have a question, an issue, or just some positive feedback? Post it on Twitter to @joinme, share feedback, or send us an email to video@join.me. We love hearing from you.

Try it out.  With one person. With your whole team. And lets us know what ideas ‘bubble’ up.

         

New From Forbes Insights: Tooling Up for Collaboration

Collaboration is a significant driver of success for businesses. The number of meetings is on the rise, bringing the challenges of coordinating across a globally dispersed and mobile workforce. Virtual meetings are essential, yet many companies are running into roadblocks including late-starts, connection problems, sub-standard audio quality, draining productivity. With these challenges, it is not surprising that our research shows that two-thirds of executives report that fewer than half the meetings they attend are worth the time.

So, how can companies meet better, collaborate better, and thus BE better? In this new report “Tooling Up for Collaboration”, Forbes Insights has combined the opinions of top executives and consultants with our findings to advise on collaboration needs, considerations, and best practices. They’ve identified the following insights for companies to consider:

  • Complexity is on the rise.
  • The need to manage complexity drives the value of collaboration.
  • Properly deployed, today’s technologies deliver exponential improvements in the ability to collaborate.
  • Advancements in the ability to collaborate are driving extraordinary improvements in overall business performance.
  • Collaboration drives business results. Simplicity in tools drives collaboration. 

This fifth and final insight we find most striking. While companies must play in the virtual meeting space and accept that meetings are no longer limited to a boardroom, they also need to beware of investing in complex solutions requiring extensive integration. In most cases, the simplest, most intuitive, easiest-to-implement and use solutions are by far the most effective in fostering collaboration

In the end, a collaboration tool is most useful if it is easy to implement, and then embraced by the organization.

Download a copy of the new Forbes Insights report and check out the infographic below for some quick highlights.

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