Microsoft to acquire Web conferencing provider. This is bigger than it appears. Placeware is a web conferencing tool — the current focus of all the next generation networking activity in the telco’s. Placeware is distributed through nearly every major carrier in the US. Unlike WebEx, and all of the other web conferencing providers, Placeware chose to use the carriers as a channel for their services rather than compete with them by setting up their own conferencing bridge. This is a very interesting development.