WebEx.com Press Release
April 27th, 1999
of Microsoft Expedia Joins ActiveTouch's WebEx.com
Soraya Bittencourt to Lead Development of New Web-Based Communication Services
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 26, 1999--ActiveTouch, the leading provider of Web-based collaboration services including WebEx.com(TM), today announced the appointment of former Microsoft executive Soraya Bittencourt as vice president of product development. Bittencourt will oversee strategy and market development initiatives for WebEx.com, a free Web-based meeting service that allows users to share documents, presentations and applications through a standard browser. Her first order of business will be to manage the final stages of development of WebEx Offices, which will be launched next month. WebEx Offices are free, customizable conference rooms for users to conduct multi-user interactive meetings, market their services, send and receive faxes and emails, and soon, place and receive telephone calls.
"Soraya brings to WebEx.com an abundance of visionary ideas, creative energy and proven skills in product development and leadership,'' said Subrah Iyar, CEO of ActiveTouch. ``Her experience growing Microsoft's Expedia into the number one e-commerce site will be invaluable in building WebEx.com into the most important business resource since the telephone.''
"Active Touch is the only company in the online meeting space that has put together the formula for success: WebEx.com has the right business model -- service vs. software -- it fully utilizes its Web-based platform, and the technology is outstanding,'' remarked Bittencourt. "I'm thrilled to join a company that is going to fundamentally change the way people communicate over the Web.''
Bittencourt most recently served as senior director of program management at Macromedia (Nasdaq:MACR - news) where she was responsible for strategic initiatives for the Learning Division products. Prior to that, she spent five years as group program manager at Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT - news) where she led the development of Microsoft Expedia, the Web-based travel information and reservation service. Bittencourt is a native of Brazil where she earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering and computer science. She undertook further study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, MA.
WebEx is the first Web-based collaboration service to require absolutely no pre-loaded software or network configuration. WebEx.com is a free service through which people using only a standard browser can meet in real-time to share presentations, applications, documents, and browsers. ActiveTouch customizes this service for companies that wish to add advanced Web-based collaboration to their existing Web presence. Through the licensing/OEM program, enterprise application providers can utilize WebEx to blend spontaneous live data collaboration, telephony and managed-messaging seamlessly into their product offerings.
Founded in 1996, ActiveTouch Inc. is the leading provider of Web-based collaboration services. ActiveTouch develops and markets WebEx.com and WebEx Meeting Center. WebEx.com is the world's first complete Web-based meeting service that requires no pre-installed software or network configuration, just a browser and a telephone. WebEx Meeting Center is a customizable full-service version of WebEx.com available to businesses on a subscription basis. ActiveTouch is leading the drive to seamlessly deliver data, voice and video communications over the Web.
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