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Fuze Meeting Enhances Virtual Classroom App for iPad

FuzeBox has unveiled an updated version of its Fuze Meeting app, which allows instructors and students to communicate in a virtual classroom using an iPad.

Fuze Meeting provides a platform to host or view video conferences from anywhere there is an Internet connection. Meeting hosts can invite attendees--by e-mail or by dialing them in to the conference--and then show presentations, photos, and movies. Participants can share their desktop or files, including Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, PDF, or Apple Keynote documents, from either the Fuze Meeting or iPad libraries. Video conference presenters can use a laser pointer tool, zoom and pan using iPoint technology, and play or pause video.

New Fuze Meeting features include:

  • A more intuitive interface to handle meeting management and sharing of content;
  • One-click launch of video conferences;
  • The ability for corporate customers to connect using other telepresence systems, including Polycom, Tandberg, LifeSize, and Teliris;
  • Improved camera control, and enhanced audio recording;
  • Touch-screen annotation by gesture; and
  • Availability in nine languages.

Users can import contacts from their iPad or other e-mail and instant-messaging providers, including Gmail, Yahoo, AIM, and MSN.

The iPad app is free for download in the Apple App Store. Users of Fuze Meeting must purchase the subscription-required Fuze Hosted Telepresence Connect in order to view video. The service is cloud-based.

Fuze Meeting is also available for use on a Mac or PC computer, as well as on Android and BlackBerry smartphones.

For more information, visit the Fuze Meeting Web site.

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