I knew that sooner or later Google would get into the synchronous web-conferencing business. They just announced the purchase of Marratech, which is in my opinion one of the best web conferencing products out there. And on top of that, it was built in Sweden, not Silicon Valley, and designed by a Canadian [félicitations, Serge].
I’ve used Marratech on several occasions over the past few years and for a while spent several hours a day collaborating with colleagues across the country on Marratech. It is just as good, if not better, than most of the other platforms that I’ve used, and at the time had the least restrictive licensing model and an excellent load distribution capability.
Now that Google owns Marratech we will see the commoditization of these platforms that have, up to now, been very expensive. We’ll also see some competition from open source, like DimDim, for those who want to host their own system. It’s pretty obvious that the days of selling six-figure web-conferencing license agreements will soon be over. I wouldn’t buy a new proprietary web-conferencing system at this time, until we see what Google does.
Via Geoffroi Garon