Macromedia has made a new release of their Breeze software, which features Voice over IP, on-demand video, and real-time, multipoint video conferencing. Macromedia Breeze 5 contains everything that the company believes is necessary for organizations to fully realise the benefits of "accelerated and more effective training, marketing, selling, and enterprise conferencing."

"The release of Macromedia Breeze 5 moves Macromedia into a horse race with Microsoft, WebEx, and IBM. In the midst of other major online communication providers, Breeze clearly takes advantage of Macromedia's strong legacy for richness and ease of use. The combination of live web conferencing with seamlessly integrated, on-demand, rich media capabilities provides a comprehensive solution for business users." - Paul Ritter, research director, Wainhouse Research.

The new version of the software also boasts a simple user interface, with the licensed version of the software being available as from the end of May.