Mikogo

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Mikogo
IndustrySoftware
FoundedJuly 2007
HeadquartersMannheim, Germany
Key people
Mark Zondler, Managing Director
Erik Boos, Managing Director
WebsiteOfficial Website

Mikogo is a desktop sharing software application for web conferencing and remote support, and is provided by the online collaboration provider, Snapview GmbH. Mikogo provides its software as native downloads for Windows,[1] Mac OS X,[2] Linux,[3] iOS and Android. The software is cross-platform which allows a presenter to host the online meeting on a Windows computer and meeting attendees could join from a Windows, Mac, or Linux computer, as well as from smartphones or tablets. The software interface is multi-lingual and can be switched between one of 35 languages.[4]

History[edit]

In 2004, entrepreneurs Erik Boos and Mark Zondler founded BeamYourScreen GmbH (now Snapview GmbH) in Mannheim, Germany. The company then launched a few different online collaboration tools for corporate customers.[5] However BeamYourScreen was approached by individuals who asked whether a free version of its software was available, for small-time use on an irregular basis[6] and due to these requests made primarily by private users, BeamYourScreen then launched Mikogo as a free online meeting tool.[7] Mikogo has received praise for its friendly approach to online meetings as opposed to the corporate look and feel of other web conferencing solutions.[8]

On March 11, 2009, Mikogo announced the release of its free software for the Mac.[9] The release of the Mac version enabled Mikogo to function as a cross platform screen sharing tool.[10] In June 2009, Macworld UK posted a review on their website and gave Mikogo an Editor's Choice 4-Star Award, complimenting the software for its cross-platform screen sharing, features and security.[11]

In February 2014 Mikogo Launches Version 5 with Cross-Platform VoIP for Online Meetings[12]

Controversial Press[edit]

In April 2009, amidst the swine flu outbreak, Mikogo was criticized[13] for promoting its software as a form of swine flu prevention. Mikogo blogged about this topic and sent out an e-mail to subscribers touting the benefits of having virtual meetings in order to avoid swine flu.[14]

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