Windows NetMeeting

Windows NetMeeting
Component of Microsoft Windows
NetMeeting in Windows XP
Introduced inWindows 95 OSR2
Last included inWindows XP
Replaced by
Windows Meeting Space

Windows NetMeeting is a discontinued VoIP and multi-point videoconferencing client included in Microsoft Windows.

It uses the H.323 protocol for videoconferencing and is interoperable with OpenH323-based clients such as Ekiga, OpenH323, and Internet Locator Service (ILS) as reflector. It also uses the T.120 Protocol for whiteboarding, application sharing, and file transfers.

History[edit | edit source]

The first version of NetMeeting was initially released on 29 May 1996 as part of the Internet Explorer 3 suite. Unlike IE, it still has an interface similar to Internet Explorer 2.

Version 2.0 of NetMeeting was released as part of Internet Explorer 3.02 and updated the interface to be similar to IE 3.

It continued to be included with following versions of IE up to version 6.

Discontinuation[edit | edit source]

While Windows XP removed the Start menu shortcut to NetMeeting, users still could open it directly by launching conf.exe.

Windows Vista would later completely remove NetMeeting from the operating system (although it still works when copying from a Windows XP installation) in favor of Windows Meeting Space, which was later discontinued in Windows 7.

Microsoft originally recommended using newer applications such as Remote Desktop, Remote Assistance, Skype (which Microsoft acquired in May 2011), Microsoft Office Live Meeting, SharedView and later Microsoft Teams in place of NetMeeting. All except Remote Desktop, Remote Assistance, Skype and Microsoft Teams had been discontinued and none of them fully replaced NetMeeting.