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Windows Meeting Space

Definition - What does Windows Meeting Space mean?

Windows Meeting Space is a peer-to-peer collaboration software included in Windows Vista that supports up to 10 users simultaneously. It gives the connected users the ability to share documents, programs and even the user's desktop in order to facilitate collaboration as long as all users are using Windows Vista. Windows Meeting Space is not available for Windows Vista Starter or Home Basic.

Techopedia explains Windows Meeting Space

Windows Meeting Space is a component of Windows Vista that allows peers to communicate and share resources in a virtual space via an ad hoc network connection. This is a tool mainly used by people in an actual physical meeting as it requires them to be connected in the same network and, ideally, within the same firewall. If users are within different firewalls in the same network, it requires additional settings done by a system administrator or IT tech support. People can either create their own meeting session or join an existing one that another has set up.

Typical usage scenario for Windows Meeting Space is in an actual physical meeting where the participants are all present. The connection is done through local Wi-Fi, local area network or ad hoc wireless network. Its primary use is collaboration in resources such as files and presentation software. It uses the peer-to-peer framework and, hence, requires IPv6 to be enabled, and it uses Teredo tunneling, which is supported in Windows Vista, to allow connections over the Internet using IPv6.

Advantages of Windows Meeting Space include the ability to:
  • Share the desktop and other programs with meeting participants
  • Distribute and co-edit documents and files
  • Pass notes
  • Connect to a network projector for presentation
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