of Microsoft Expedia Joins ActiveTouch's WebEx.com as Vice
President of Product Development
Bittencourt to Lead Development of New Web-Based Communication
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.
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 ExpediaŽ into the number one e-commerce site
will be invaluable in building WebEx.com into the most important
business resource since the telephone.''
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.''
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,
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
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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