OpenACircle.com Introduces Free Online Collaboration Solution at DEMOfall 08

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OpenACircle.com today introduced its free online collaborative environment at the prestigious DEMOfall 08 conference in San Diego, after being selected as a presenter based on its Alpha version. OpenACircle allows users to open "circles" for each project, team or customer, and invite others in to collaborate live using free built-in tools, including video and audio conferencing, desktop and file sharing, real-time and stored chats, blogs, presentations, and more.

Higher travel expenses have made online collaboration more important than ever, and we've made it both free and easy.

OpenACircle.com today introduced its free online collaborative environment at the prestigious DEMOfall 08 conference in San Diego, after being selected as a presenter based on its Alpha version. OpenACircle allows users to open "circles" for each project, team or customer, and invite others in to collaborate live using free built-in tools, including video and audio conferencing, desktop and file sharing, real-time and stored chats, blogs, presentations, and more.

The Alpha version of OpenACircle won widespread praise from analysts. "OpenACircle earned its place at DEMO," said Chris Shipley, DEMO's executive producer. "This unique product fills a real need in the market."

"OpenACircle.com is one of the first companies I have found in the collaboration space that has effectively integrated both synchronous and asynchronous interactions," notes David Coleman, Managing Director of leading industry analyst Collaborative Strategies, in his "First Looks" review. "OpenACircle provides users with a great value: a free service that helps distributed teams work better together, requiring only a few minutes to get started and almost no time to learn."

Instead of using many different solutions, each with its own password, instructions and fees, users now have all the collaboration tools they need in one place, along with all the information shared by the circle's invited members. Almost every task is handled by just one or two clicks, making the application not only free, but easy to use as well.

Users simply open a circle, invite people in and start working together. A central dashboard shows what is scheduled, who is online, who is meeting, what files have been added to the circle, and more. Online meetings and presentations can be recorded for later viewing, from multiple users' viewpoints.

Documents, recordings of meetings and chat threads can be stored in the circle for as long as the members choose. The circle becomes the "headquarters" for the team, project or customer relationship. OpenACircle was developed with a new strategic approach to online collaboration. "Instead of having one person burdened with tasks like organizing meetings and uploading files, OpenACircle gives all circle members equal participation," said Chief Strategy Officer Andy Wilson.

At any time, dozens of circle members can participate instantly in a live video or audio conference. "We designed the circle functionality around how people work in groups," Wilson added. "Because people talk in small clusters, we allow circle members to view any three Web cams and one desktop at a time. As new clusters invoke conversation, members can customize their views to have face-to-face communications with persons talking or presenting."

"OpenACircle is going to be huge for small and mid-sized businesses that have not been able to keep up with or afford the multiple video conferencing, audio conferencing and presentation systems you need to work together effectively these days," said Kyle Nelson, CEO of OpenACircle.com. "Higher travel expenses have made online collaboration more important than ever, and we've made it both free and easy."

About OpenACircle.com
OpenACircle.com is an online collaboration company focused on small to medium-sized businesses. The company has developed a permanent, free, online collaborative environment built around "circles" that allow both real-time and asynchronous communications, including video and audio conferencing, desktop presentation sharing, file sharing and storage, chat and blogs. Visit http://www.openacircle.com today, and join the free Beta for a full working version.

About DEMOfall
Produced by Network World Events and Executive Forums, the semi-annual DEMO conferences focus on emerging technologies and new products, which are hand-selected from across the spectrum of the technology marketplace. The DEMO conferences have earned their reputation for consistently identifying tomorrow's cutting-edge technologies and have served as launch pad events for companies such as Palm, E*Trade, Handspring and U.S. Robotics, helping them to secure venture funding, establish critical business relationships and influence early adopters. Each DEMO conference features approximately 70 new companies, products and technologies. For more information, visit http://www.demo.com.

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