Windows Meeting Space

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Windows Meeting Space
Windows Meeting Space Vista Icon.png
Windows Meeting Space Vista.png
The default view of Windows Meeting Space
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows

Windows Meeting Space (codenamed Windows Shared View[1] and formerly Windows Collaboration[2][3]) was a peer-to-peer collaboration program developed by Microsoft for Windows Vista as a replacement for Windows NetMeeting[4] and it enables application sharing, collaborative editing, desktop sharing, file sharing, projecting, and simple text-based or ink-based instant messaging across up to 10 users connected to the same network or across the Internet.[5][6][7] Meeting Space has the ability to automatically set up an ad hoc wireless network if a connection to a network or the Internet are not available and also enables participants to invite other people to meeting sessions.[6] It is the first application for the new peer-to-peer framework in Windows Vista and hence requires IPv6.[5]

NetMeeting features such as microphone support and the ability to set up audio or video conferences are not available. Meeting Space is included in all editions of Windows Vista, but its functionality is unavailable in the Starter edition; in the Home Basic edition, it only allows users to join—but not create—sessions.[8] With the release of Windows 7, Microsoft discontinued Meeting Space and recommended Microsoft Office Live Meeting as a replacement.[9]


Meeting Space is a result of Microsoft's peer-to-peer collaboration efforts—with an emphasis on mobile computing—discussed during WinHEC 2004 when Windows Vista was codenamed "Longhorn."[10] At that time, it was reported that Windows Vista would enable users to create "ad hoc wireless networks for file sharing and to discover people who are connected nearby."[11] Meeting Space relies on this functionality for its services.[5]

Meeting Space was later demonstrated by Jim Allchin and Darryn Dieken at PDC 2005 where it projected a shared PowerPoint presentation. Allchin said this demonstration was not to illustrate functions of the application itself—development of which was not complete—but to illustrate select capabilities of the peer-to-peer framework in Windows Vista.[12] In a later interview with Paul Thurrott, Allchin expressed desire for developers to create applications supporting peer-to-peer capabilities.[13]

With the release of Windows 7, Microsoft discontinued Windows Meeting Space and recommended Microsoft Office Live Meeting as a replacement.[9]

Overview and features[edit]

On starting a session, a workspace, which contains a presentation area, is displayed. A list of notes are also shown. A list of users in the local subnet, with whom a collaboration session can be started, are automatically detected by using the People Near Me functionality, based on WS-Discovery in the peer-to-peer networking implementation in Windows Vista. Users outside the local subnet must be sent an e-mail or file invitation to participate. Applications can be shared in the session, which will be local to that session only. When an application is shared, Windows Meeting Space switches into presentation mode so that participants can see what the presenter is working on and collaboratively edit or review the shared application instance.

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  2. ^ Thurrott, Paul (October 6, 2010). "Windows Vista February 2006 CTP (Build 5308) Review, Part 1". Supersite for Windows. Penton. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  3. ^ Thurrott, Paul (October 6, 2010). "Windows Vista December 2005 CTP (Build 5270) Review Part 2: Bundled Applications". SuperSite for Windows. Penton. Retrieved December 5, 2015.
  4. ^ Microsoft. "NetMeeting Home Page". Archived from the original on February 2, 2007. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Microsoft. "Windows Vista Windows Meeting Space Step by Step Guide". TechNet. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Shinder, Deb (October 19, 2006). "10 things you should know about Vista's Windows Meeting Space". TechRepublic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  7. ^ Barrett, Ron (May 27, 2008). "Windows Meeting Space: Collaboration on the cheap!". Network World. IDG. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  8. ^ Microsoft. "Windows Vista Windows Meeting Space Step by Step Guide". TechNet. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Looking for Windows Meeting Space?". Windows Support. Microsoft. Archived from the original on April 22, 2010. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  10. ^ Fish, Daren (2004). "Windows For Mobile PCs and Tablet PCs - CY04". Microsoft. Archived from the original (PPT) on December 14, 2005. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  11. ^ Thurrott, Paul (May 5, 2004). "WinHEC 2004: Microsoft Merges Tablet PC Future into Wider Mobile Computing Vision". Windows IT Pro. Penton. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  12. ^ Microsoft (September 13, 2005). "Jim Allchin: Microsoft Professional Developers Conference 2005". News Center. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  13. ^ Thurrott, Paul (October 6, 2010). "Jim Allchin Talks Windows Vista". SuperSite for Windows. Penton. Retrieved July 28, 2015.