We have a new press release from PresenterNet this morning announcing that they have released PresenterNet Mobile Edition, a version of their web conferencing software designed to run on Windows Mobile.
That's nice, and I fully support opening up web conferencing products to run on as many different operating systems as possible. But I do have a couple of questions (or at least personal amusement) about some of the practical aspects as mentioned in the press release.
It states that users can "present from anywhere using only a PC or a Windows Mobile 5.0 enabled phone or PDA." A few sentences later it goes on to suggest that the "mobile user population can present from a coffee shop, an airport lounge and just about anywhere else."
Is this a solution in search of a problem? What exactly are you going to present from a cell phone or PDA? I see myself frantically hunched over a tiny screen, pushing those little chiclet buttons and talking into an earpiece at my local Starbucks while announcements and music from the overhead speaker system stomp over my audio. In truth, I more easily see myself stomping some guy trying to give his presentation from the table next to me in a public location! But maybe I'm just an old fuddy-duddy. What do you think... is this a useful option?
By the way, this isn't meant to degrade PresenterNet. They have an interesting technology, including a feature that lets you embed interactive controls in a presentation so attendees can do things like manipulate images, spreadsheets, and such with slider bars and other controls. That's a great way to add audience interaction and as far as I know, PresenterNet's implementation is unique. It's worth taking a look at if you haven't seen this before.
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