Web seminars allow users to participate via their computer.

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In today's global marketplace, companies have branches around the country and across the world, with clients and partners in Boston, Beijing and Bangalore. More than 11 percent of the U.S. workforce already telecommutes either full or part-time, and that number is continuing to grow. It is becoming very expensive and time consuming to fly employees around the world for face-to-face product pitches, training sessions and meetings. A viable solution to this problem is to use Web seminars.­

Web seminars -- also called "Webinars" -- replicate large group presentations, training classes and meetings online without losing the immediacy and interactivity of the face-to-face experience. Web seminars are also referred to as Web conferences. Whether called a Web seminar, Webinar or Web conference, they are all online meetings where an organizer invites a list of attendees to listen or watch an online presentation by one or more presenters.

In this article, we'll introduce you to the basic concept and features of a Web seminar and explain how the technology behind Web seminars works. We'll conclude with some examples of how Web seminar technology is being used in real-world situations.