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For years, conferencing technology has been out of step with its time. Visual conferencing in particular - both interactive video and data sharing - illustrates this sense of anachronism. On one hand, the promise of an application like videoconferencing could hardly be in greater demand. What business, for instance, that is to any degree a distributed organization would not benefit from some form of remote visual communication among its own members and with its cus­ tomers? And yet, for all that potential efficiency and (let’s be honest) just plain sexiness, the technology has decidedly failed to make it big.