I came across Dimdim the other day. Dimdim is a SaaS based web meeting offering that allows all the services the more expensive enterprise level web conferencing offerings. Dimdim includes;
- desktop sharing
- slide sharing
- unified communications
- integration with CRM systems
Open and Free
Unlike many installed offerings which tend to both be closed and expensive, Dimdim have offered their software both via SaaS and as an installable open source version. Their SaaS offering is provided at no charge and has API’s providing for feature extensibility. The free version is limited to 20 users which makes it sufficient for most small business presentations. Users need to install a web-meeting add on – I tried it with both explorer and Firefox without a hitch
For users needing the ability to host more individuals, Dimdim pro is available as a subscription service at a very reasonable $99/year. Dimdim pro scales up to 100 participants in a meeting room.
Coolness for everyone…
Dimdim’s offering makes lots of friends. For big companies it can save a heap of cash over their current Webex or GoToMeeting spend. For smaller businesses it allows professional looking web conferencing cheaply (or freely) and for the open saucies out there it gives away its open source base, hoping that the open source use will grow the user base virally.
Dimdim picked up $6mill of funding last week so expect bigger and better things from them in the months ahead.