PlaceWare was a provider of web conferencing software, and was founded in 1996 by Xerox engineers Pavel Curtis, Mike Dixon, and David Nichols as a spin-off from Xerox PARC.[1] Its first product, PlaceWare Auditorium, was rolled out in March 1997, and used by such companies as Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Sun Microsystems, and PBS.[2]

Placeware was acquired by Microsoft in 2003,[3] and its core product renamed Microsoft Office Live Meeting.


  1. ^ Trager, Louis (1997-03-27). "Falling into Place". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2013-02-09.
  2. ^ Dager, Renee (1997-03-27). "The next seat may be your own in cyberauditorium". PC World. Archived from the original on March 30, 1997. Retrieved 2013-02-09.
  3. ^ "PlaceWare, Inc. Announces Its Acquisition by Microsoft Is Complete". Microsoft. Retrieved 2013-02-09.