A start-up has begun beta testing new technology that will form the backbone of a "virtual switchboard" service for real-time voice, data and video communications via the Internet.
Visitalk.com, a 40-employee company founded last September, is testing the new directory-based service from its Web site. Registrants receive a Permanent Communications Number, the equivalent of an Internet phone number for placing direct voice and video calls. The service, which complies with the H.323 teleconferencing standard, works with conferencing programs such as Microsoft's NetMeeting and White Pine's CU-SeeMe.
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