Real-time collaboration is using the Internet and presence technology to communicate with co-workers as if they...
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were in the same room, even if they are located on the other side of the world. Real-time collaboration involves several kinds of synchronous communication tools such as:
- Instant messaging
- Group chat
- Buddy list and other presence awareness technology
- Whiteboard collaboration
- Application sharing
- Desktop sharing
- Voice over IP
- Video and audio conferencing tools
IBM, Microsoft, Novell, Lotus, SAP, and Oracle and are among the vendors currently building real-time collaboration capability into products.