The World Mover?s VRML 2.0 Developers Conference kicked off in San Francisco on Thursday with a keynote address from Silicon Graphics chief executive Ed McCracken in which he predicted the coming of ?the second Web?.
This second Web will be populated by myriad Virtual Reality Modelling Language 3-D applications, a technology which McCracken reminded his audience Silicon Graphics had been promoting for the past twelve years and whose time had finally come. "We have argued that the desktop is not a 2-D environment, but is in fact a 3-D environment," he said.
He said his company had developed a bridge between VRML and Java which would allow developers to "heat up a little Java" and crate 3-D Java applets.
McCracken also spoke of the company?s deal with Netscape to bundle the Silicon Graphics Cosmo VRML Player with the Netscape Communicator suite.
Cementing the relationship between the two companies, Silicon Graphics announced that it had standarised on Netscape as the basis of a corporate Intranet linking 10,500 desktops.
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