Meeting Maker

July 05, 2005 09:20 ET

Meeting Maker Launches Most Advanced Collaborative Calendaring Tool for Microsoft Outlook Environment

WALTHAM, Mass.--(CCNMatthews - Jul 5, 2005) -

Meeting Maker for Outlook Enables Small and Medium Business Market to Expand Capabilities of Outlook Without an Exchange Server

Meeting Maker, Inc. a leader in collaborative time management software solutions, today announced the availability of Meeting Maker for Outlook. The new software is the industry's most advanced automated calendaring solution specifically designed to address the huge base of small-to-medium sized businesses that use Microsoft® Outlook® as their standard email environment. Meeting Maker for Outlook now enables this growing market to extend their email capabilities with powerful and collaborative group scheduling capabilities that previously would have necessitated the implementation of a costly Microsoft Exchange® server.

Meeting Maker for Outlook enhances organizational productivity and efficiency by eliminating the excessive amount of emails and phone calls normally associated with scheduling meetings in a decentralized scheduling environment. It eliminates double-bookings by enabling users to manage their personal calendars, and view the availability of others before scheduling meetings - in real time - all from the Outlook environment.

"Our organization has relied upon Meeting Maker for ten years and during that time its sophisticated personal and group scheduling technology has made it an essential tool," said Rik Hepworth, senior computer officer at The University of Bradford. "Since we standardized on Microsoft Outlook for email, there had been increasing user demand for access to their calendars from the same Outlook environment. With the Meeting Maker integration technology, our users can have the Meeting Maker calendaring functionality they know and love as well as access to their email from a single application environment. As a result, we have a happier staff that require less support and can work more efficiently. Now that Meeting Maker, Inc. is introducing Meeting Maker for Outlook, other organizations that standardize on Outlook without an Exchange server can experience some of the same benefits that we have," Hepworth said.

"Meeting Maker, Inc. has a long-standing history of providing innovative scheduling solutions to a wide variety of industries and markets," said John T. Anderson, president and CEO of Meeting Maker, Inc. "Many organizations that use Outlook as the primary calendaring tool are unable to implement the collaborative scheduling component due to the high costs associated with the implementation and administration of an Exchange server. Meeting Maker for Outlook addresses this need by providing a low-cost group scheduling alternative with expanded functionality and unparalleled reliability - all within the familiar Outlook environment."

Meeting Maker for Outlook rounds out the popular Meeting Maker Millennium product family. Serving as an alternative to the flagship Meeting Maker Millennium personal and group scheduling solution, Meeting Maker for Outlook is exceptionally easy to install, adopt and administer. In addition to the standard calendaring capabilities of Outlook, Meeting Maker for Outlook enables users to access many of the features contained within Meeting Maker Millennium, such as the ability to schedule single or recurring meetings in real time, share availability with other users, schedule resources required for a meeting, and view calendars in multiple views.

Pricing and Availability

Meeting Maker for Outlook is currently available in English, French and German. Pricing for Meeting Maker for Outlook starts at US $949 for a ten-user license. Non-profit and educational pricing is also available.

About Meeting Maker, Inc.

Meeting Maker, Inc., a privately held company headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts with offices throughout the U.S. and Europe, is an innovation leader within the collaborative time management, scheduling and calendaring marketplace. The company's real-time, enterprise-wide product families - including Meeting Maker Millennium, WebEvent, Resource Scheduler and Scheduler Plus - help more than 7,500 leading organizations around the world to automate calendaring, scheduling and workflow processes to save time, increase revenue, and reduce costs. Meeting Maker, Inc. is a founding member of the Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium (www.calconnect.org). For more information visit http://www.meetingmaker.com.

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