Last week I was contact by the folks at Yugma to have a look at the new service they have on offer.
Accordingly, I interviewed the COO Karel Lukas this week and also gave Yugma a test drive. I’m impressed.
Yugma is a free web conferencing service that enables people to instantly connect over the internet and to collaborate using any application or software, using both Windows and Mac. Businesses can connect on-demand and real-time with clients, prospects or employees whether they are across the city, nation or even the globe.
What I would like to highlight is my personal experience with the product.
I received the incoming call on Skype from Karel and soon after this I downloaded Yugma and installed the same.
Yugma automatically starts a new session when you open it and asks you if you wish to start sharing your Desktop. Other members can join this session, or you can choose to join an already existing session. Usually, the person who is conducting the conference would host the session. He/she has to powere to make anyone the presenter.
Karel joined the session I created and I assigned me Presenter privileges. He started sharing his desktop and showed me a Powerpoint presentation.
Yugma has an inbuilt annotation tool which is very useful when you are presenting.
I haven’t had much experience with Web Conferencing software, but Yugma definitely impressed me.
The primary reason I was really impressed by Yugma was that it worked on my slow 128KBps connection even while I had Skype running all the while. The pages on the screen changed almost instantly as Karel changed the screen on his computer.
Yugma also has public and private chat so you have the option of either discussing amongst yourself, or you can also chat with the Host.
Yugma currently supports Windows and MAC and a linux version should be coming up within a month.
The audio conferencing features are still not active but that will also available in the next three months.
Yugma also offer Premium services. The premium services let you share your mouse and keyboard, schedule sessions and record. They start at $9.95/mo which would definitely work out cost effective if you are frequently web conferencing. There are plans to introduce a Pay as you Use system in the near future.
And if you don’t require the features of the Premium service, then you can always use the free service for as long as you wish; there are no irritating popups asking you to upgrade (atleast none that I saw)