GoToMeeting is an intriguing, relatively cheap way to conduct online meetings.
The service allows users to do more than just conduct online videoconferences, users can see the moderator’s computer screen. The moderator can also allow other users to control their computer, making the online meeting more interactive than just a video conference.
With the click of a button, the moderator can switch allow another participant to become the moderator, and display the desktop of their screen. Theoretically, this allows for more collaborative online meetings.
There are two pricing plans, monthly plans for $49.00 a month, or a yearly plan for $468. The service allows up to 15 participants per meeting, and participants do not have to pay to join the meeting. Users are allowed to host an unlimited number of meetings per year.
The downside? For one, there is a one month free trial, but that requires a credit card—meaning if you do not cancel in 30 days, you will be charged. Two, without being able to test run the application, it is impossible to review how various computers and operating systems run the application. The website says the program works on both Macs and PCs…but lots of programs run into problems when Macs and PCs interact. Three, Skype is a lot cheaper than $49 a month. At the same time, Skype is only useful if everyone has Skype on their computer.
If you are willing to provide a credit card number, GoToMeeting seems promising enough to warrant a 30 day trial.