Microsoft Goes ‘Live’ With New Product Names


Microsoft on Thursday punched up the names of two of its collaboration software products.

The company's PlaceWare Conference Center will now carry the moniker Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2003, while the Microsoft Office Real-Time Communications Server 2003 will now be called Office Live Communications Server 2003, according to officials at the Redmond, Wash.-based firm.

The addition of the "Live" tag to the two products reflects "the company's commitment to help businesses realize their potential by achieving optimal efficiency, productivity and agility," according to a news release issued by Microsoft on Thursday. Microsoft says its customers told them that the "Live" convention better relayed the message of real-time collaboration that the products can drive between colleagues, partners and customers.

Office Live Meeting 2003 comes to Microsoft courtesy of its acquisition of PlaceWare, which is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft and part of the Information Worker Group business unit. The product enables users to conduct real-time presentations and meetings over the Net. It will be included as part of the forthcoming Microsoft Office System release, a bundle of products and services to debut in the October time frame.

Office Live Communications Server 2003 provides presence-aware instant messaging and real-time communications capabilities, officials said. The product is due to ship in the third quarter.