A CDE Definition
One of the early collaboration and conferencing programs introduced in 1996 by Microsoft and retired in late 2003 by the company. NetMeeting was bundled as part of Windows and included point-to-point telephony and video calling capability over the Internet as well as multipoint whiteboard and application sharing.
The advent of instant messaging (IM) and other alternatives for online, real-time communication contributed to its demise. Microsoft announced a replacement online meeting service called Office Live Meeting, formerly from PlaceWare, a company Microsoft acquired in 2003. See ULS server.
(User Location Service server) A conferencing directory server on a TCP/IP network (intranet, Internet, etc.) that is used to identify participating users. When an audio or videoconferencing program is launched, it sends its user profile and current IP address to the ULS server, so that others can query the server and find out who is currently logged on. Microsoft renamed its ULS servers to ILS servers (Internet Locator Server), and Netscape Conference used DLS servers (Dynamic Lookup Service). See IP telephony.
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