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The Webcast As name would suggest, a webcast is a type of broadcast similar in nature to a television broadcast except, of course, a webcast takes place over Internet. The broadcasting nature of this facility means that there is little opportunity for presenter and delegates to interact with each other and therefore its function is primarily as a presenting tool. The other main feature of a webcast is that it can be broadcast simultaneously to hundreds of recipients.
If your requirement is for a presenting tool that also offers interactive features of a web meeting, then you should consider a webinar.
The Webinar As name suggests, webinar is a facility that allows you to conduct a seminar over web. Allowing a greater level of interaction than webcast, a webinar enables presenter to conduct question and answer-type sessions with delegates. However, you should remember that a webinar does not afford same degree of interaction as a web meeting.
Other Uses For Web Conferencing
Online Presenting Web conferencing can also be used for conduction online presentations. Online presenting is ideal for sales pitches, performance reporting or providing training for other members of your organization. Add on features include slide shows, web based conversing and audio/video streaming.
Online Collaboration This is by far most commonly used type of web conferencing and is ideal solution for organizations who have multi-location sites yet require collaboration between their employees on projects and documents. Online collaboration has file sharing capabilities that updates changes and alterations to documents in real-time to avoid errors.
Diane Parker is a web content writer who specializes in internet related topics. Her conferencing articles include: web conferencing software, choosing a web conferencing tool and internet conferencing.