The added audio and video features of Yahoo Messenger were not examined, and their availability was not allowed to influence the team’s overall ratings of the three products’ general IM capabilities.
1) AT&T Anywhere (version 3.0.0.0512) is an efficient synchronous text-based product.
The chat administrator’s options for customising the chat area are primarily limited to modifying its colour schemes.
The basic version’s key benefit is the ease with which Web developers can add one or more basic chat rooms to their sites at no cost.
The software generates a single line of HTML code for embedding into a Web page, allowing users to launch a pop-up chat room either by a Web page link or an embedded java applet.
The chat rooms are hosted on Para Chat’s own servers.
Commercial versions of Para Chat contain features additional to those of the basic version.
The first level of commercial upgrade, Para Chat AC ( US per month), provides increased administrative and security features including Web tours (i.e., shared browsing), password protection, and the option to expel participants.
Fahy’s career has included high school and adult education teaching and research experience, as well as private sector management, training and consulting.
He coordinates the Advanced Graduate Diploma in Distance Education (Technology) at Athabasca University, as well as teaching and advising in the Master of Distance Education (MDE) program there.
It organises and keeps track of contacts who use other text-based programs such as Yahoo Messenger and ICQ – a feature which, though useful, can create problems in the attempt to use both programs simultaneously, because AT&T prevents this.