Demonstrations during keynotes can be a gamble but having just seen Bernd Christianson, VP and CTO for Citrix Online Services division, launch GoToMeeting HDfaces with a live link to Santa Clara, I’m really impressed!

GoToMeeting with HDfaces brings “together video and webconferencing with HD quality – at just one click”. Bernd connected with his colleagues in Santa Clara, who looked surprisingly sprightly for 2.05am, to demonstrate the product’s 6-way video functionality as well as showing his slides as you would normally in a GTM session. 

The Beta programme will be introduced later this month with a Q1 2011 launch.  It’s purely software based, will not require any specifial hardware and using 20% less bandwidth than a standard video conferencing solution.  Oh, and it will be free to current GTM customers as part of their subscription!

Have to say, Bernd was very engaging and the demonstration pretty slick, well worth taking a look at if you’re not at Synergy.  I’ll post a demonstration from Citrix.TV as it is available…

 Mark joined Bernd to also announce French and German local language support for GoToMeeting.