[Infographic] Collaboration 2.0: Death of the Web Conference (As We Know It)

It’s not just you. As it turns out, there has been a significant increase in both the number and types of meetings today’s modern workers are having. A new research report conducted by Ovum, and issued today, explores the changing meeting behaviors and requirements of the online collaboration tools and collaborative workforce, along with the evolving habits of today’s connected employee. We believe it’s the largest study of its kind ever produced.

Among the findings: More than 50% of workers reported an increase in the sheer number of meetings they are expected to attend; 2/3 of these workers indicate that at least 1/2 of their meetings are not of value; and worse, chronic late start times of these meetings are having a very real impact on worker productivity, most notably with executives, who, on average, are losing 3 hours a week – 5 1/2 days per year – in meeting delays alone.

You can get a full copy of the Ovum report, Collaboration 2.0: Death of the Web Conference (As We Know It) here, or get some quick highlights from the infographic below.

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Schedule your meetings with a personal link

What do you want first – the good news, or the even better news?

The good news is that join.me pro users can now schedule meetings with their personal link. Check out the screenshot below – you now have the option to schedule meetings with a random, one-time code or the personal link you’ve created for yourself.

The even better news is that we are planning on adding even more goodies to the join.me scheduler, so stay tuned to the blog for updates.

What’s the next feature you’d like to see in the scheduler? Leave your suggestion in the comments.

P.S. Want to schedule join.me meetings with a personal link that’s all yours? Try join.me free for 14 days, no credit card required.

         

join.me viewer now available on Windows Metro 8

Checking out the preview release of Windows 8? If you’re not, here’s a great reason: We just released a new join.me viewer in the Windows Store that will allow you to view any join.me meeting from your Windows PC, tablet or smartphone, all in the brand-new Windows 8 style. Check it out below:

Anyone using a Windows 8 device? What do you think of the join.me viewer?

         

Web collaboration: Using markup.io free drawing tool with join.me

About a week ago I was using join.me with a colleague checking out a website. Apparently we had different views of where “to the left” was (hey, it happens), so I pulled up markup.io to show them exactly where I meant. And then it hit me: I should share this tool with our join.me users. I already told you about Jing when I posted about favorite free tools, but markup.io is perfect for reviewing and collaborating on web pages. It’s fast, it’s simple and sits in your browser toolbar so you can easily pull it up. You can also “publish” your markups when you’re done and send them out. Check it out – it’s a perfect pair with join.me. Here’s an example:

         

join.me wins Best Professional Software award from Macworld UK

join.me was named the Best Professional Software this year at the Macworld UK awards. What does that mean? It means our free screen-sharing software was recognized for being awesome, and for making a significant contribution to the Mac community (iOS too!). This was such a beautiful thing for join.me we had to share with you – and, of course, show you what we actually won. In case you’re wondering, we’re currently in the process of devising a schedule of who’s desk it sits on and for how long.

         

How does join.me work? Take the tour

We created this video just for you to show you what join.me is all about. Take the tour:

Want more info? Check out our blog post on join.me tips and tricks.

         

join.me mobile viewers for iPhone/iPad now include VoIP

We know what you’re thinking: First Skype, and now this. What a day for big free screen-sharing and VoIP announcements.

The good stuff: You can now listen to the join.me conference line through the speakers of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. For free. So, update your app (or download it from the Apple App Store) and check it out.

Need a visual? Here’s what it looks like on an Apple iPad 2.

To use VoIP, select the “phone” button in the join.me menu to “Call via Internet.” This allows you to listen to anyone that is speaking through the conference line in your session. And feel free to talk back – other participants in the session can hear you talk through your device’s speakers.

Your questions, already answered: VoIP for Android is coming soon. VoIP for Mac and PC is in the works. Want some traditional PR? Here it is in the join.me press room.

Have you used VoIP on your join.me mobile viewer yet? Let us know in the comments.

         

Let’s discuss: Ice breakers for virtual meetings

Hey, we’ve all been there.  Whether it’s the start of a new job or the beginning of a new project, there comes a time for the icebreaker. You know, the “go around the room and tell everyone…” It could be your favorite book, the best place you’ve ever traveled to or, my personal favorite, “something unique about yourself.” (That one always drives me crazy – I never know what to say).

Now that more and more people are working remotely, sometimes these icebreakers need to happen in our virtual meetings, too. Because we use join.me free screen sharing to collaborate with the people we work with, we use icebreakers, too. So, let’s discuss: If you are starting a new project with a group of people you don’t know very well, what are your favorite virtual icebreakers to use? Which ones do you find work the best? Which ones don’t work?

Let us know in the comments.

         

“I now turn to join.me instead of any other tool”: a true story from join.me

Everyone has their own join.me story. And in the name of collaboration, we’d like to share these stories with you. Check out Mark’s story:

“I use join.me for multiple reasons.  Just the other day, I used it personally to show my wife how to do something on a website.  I wanted an easy way to show her without having to have her come to the office to see.  So I used join.me.  Initially, she thought it was weird to see what was happening on my screen.  When I asked her how well it worked, she stated that it worked very well and was easy to use.

As a software developer who works remotely some of the time, either at home or a client site, I need to show other developers what is happening with the software or in the database.  I now turn to join.me instead of any other tool.  I’ve tried using other tools; however, with just a couple of clicks I have join.me running and I have pasted the join.me link in an IM window.  Within a minute, they are connected and I can show them that is going happening.  So much easier than trying to explain it over IM or the phone.”

-Mark Starkman; Senior Developer

Want to share your own join.me story? Email me at maggie@join.me.

         

“join.me is the light in the darkness”: a true story from join.me

Everyone has their own join.me story. And in the name of collaboration, we’d like to share these stories with you. Check out Tom’s story:

“I work for a small but growing service-oriented business with seven sales representatives around the country. Our company also has several other employees who work remotely from time to time. Part of my duties include supporting them all with help-desk type issues. And most whom I support have only novice computing abilities which several years ago made helping them very difficult. What used to be done over the phone between two people speaking different “languages,” skilled and un-skilled, caused much frustration for all involved. Now with join.me, those same type sessions are turning into teaching opportunities instead of headaches. join.me is the light in the darkness. I am now able to guide the users and let them learn in the process which in the long run will lessen the help needed.

Another cute story: I shared join.me with my 73 year-old mother who is highly skilled herself. She has been helping her 97 year-old mother, Grandma to me, learn how to use a computer. Grandma loves to read and play cards, and now she is learning how to send emails to her nieces, nephews, grand and great-grand children. As you can imagine, there are times when the computer is a bit mysterious to Grandma, but now Mom has installed the join.me icon on Granny’s desktop so that Mom is only a click and a phone call away. Very cool!

join.me is truly one of the simplest, most useful applications that I use on nearly a daily basis. Thank you join.me!”

– Tom Mappin

Want to share your own join.me story? Email me at maggie@join.me.