In exploring this app, I discovered I know nothing about iPhone app pricing. Because how something this amazing is free is beyond my comprehension.
To test it out, I held a meeting with myself. I set up my free account under one email address on the app, then started a meeting. Then I invited myself by sending an invitation to my other email address from the app (you can also invite others through chat or by phone via the app) and joined my meeting on my MacBook on the Fuze Meeting website.
Sounds confusing, but basically I was holding a meeting from my iPhone and acting as an attendee on my laptop, allowing me to explore both sides of Fuze Meeting. And I have to say, it’s pretty incredible.
The features seem endless, but the best part about the app is how incredibly easy it is to use right off the bat. When I opened it for the first time, the only information I had was “online meetings.” It took just a few minutes for me to start a meeting, invite a guest and share documents and pictures.
From my iPhone, I had the ability to change my “guest’s” role to Presenter, allowing her (well, me) to add media and documents to the meeting as well. I had a short chat with myself, and shared a few photos from my iPhone photo library. The share feature is particularly worth taking a closer look at.
On my laptop as a guest, I viewed and edited photos I shared from my iPhone as facilitator. I also shared a document from my laptop in the meeting. Once you upload the material you want to share in Fuze Meeting, you can edit and make notes directly on the documents on the website.
As a meeting facilitator, it’s remarkably easy to control the meeting from your iPhone. The format is brilliant, allowing you to move easily between chatting, sharing, viewing and inviting others. You can also schedule future meetings, include info about the meeting and make a list of attendees.
And in case I didn’t make this clear – it’s free. Fuze Meeting is definitely one of those apps that makes it obvious just how much the iPhone is changing the way business is done.
Fuze Meeting requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. A small fee was paid by the developer to expedite the publication of this review.