Apple and Netscape have announced that they will jointly develop applications and tools for Internet audio and video conferencing across multiple platforms.
Netscape also plans to bundle Apple's QuickTime conferencing technology with Netscape Navigator 3.0 client software for the Macintosh for an anticipated price of US$49. This will enable Netscape to offer CoolTalk audio conferencing so Macintosh users can call other Macintosh, Windows and Unix users. An online whiteboard for collaboration will be available sometime early next year, after the initial release.
The initial release of QuickTime-enabled CoolTalk will be based on Netscape's LiveMedia protocols.