Multi user collaboration systems services provide efficient communication of software applications, documentation, and ideas between team members who can be located any where around the world. These services can be used to collaborate on projects or allow for training of multiple staff members simultaneously. With conferencing services for voice, video, and application sharing, there really are no limits to the conference room walls anymore.
What are Multi-User Collaboration Systems?
Multi-user is a term that defines an operating system or application software that allows access by multiple users of a computer. Time-sharing systems are multi user collaboration systems. Most batch processing systems for mainframe computers may also be considered “multi-user”, to avoid leaving the CPU idle while it waits for I/O operations to complete. However, the term “multitasking” is more common in this context.
An example is a Unix server where multiple remote users have access (such as via Secure Shell) to the Unix shell prompt at the same time. Another example uses multiple X Window sessions spread across multiple terminals powered by a single machine – this is an example of the use of thin client. Similar functions were also available under MP/M, Concurrent DOS, Multiuser DOS and FlexOS.
Some multi user collaboration systems such as Windows versions from the Windows NT family support simultaneous access by multiple users (for example, via Remote Desktop Connection) as well as the ability for a user to disconnect from a local session while leaving processes running (doing work on their behalf) while another user logs into and uses the system. The operating system provides isolation of each user’s processes from other users, while enabling them to execute concurrently.
Management systems are implicitly designed to be used by multiple users, typically one system administrator or more and an end-user community.
The complementary term, single-user, is most commonly used when talking about an operating system being usable only by one person at a time, or in reference to a single-user software license agreement. Multi-user operating systems such as Unix sometimes have a single user mode or runlevel available for emergency maintenance.
Benefits of Multi-User Collaboration Systems
- Upload and share an agenda, files, and contacts.
- Meet wherever you want – your office, iPhone, smart phone, even your iPad!.
- Record and replay your meetings and share with colleagues.
- No one has to miss a thing!