Printer Friendly Offers Upgraded Plug-In for ichat Rooms; Enhanced Chat Application Available at

RESEARCH TRIANGLE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 8, 1999--, the leader in extending real-world communities onto the Internet, today announced the availability of a new ichat(tm) Rooms plug-in, upgraded to work with the latest versions of Netscape Communicator and Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 95, 98 and NT 4.0. The Netscape plug-in supports Netscape Communicator versions 4.51 and 4.6. The Internet Explorer plug-in supports versions 4.0, 4.01 and 5.0. The updated plug-ins will be distributed to ichat Rooms customers and are available for public download via

"When we acquired the ichat product line from Acuity Corporation, we committed to enhancing, supporting and marketing the ichat suite of products," said Sue Austin, senior director, ichat product development for "Today, we're delivering on that promise by offering an updated plug-in for ichat Rooms, on the day we said it would be available. This upgrade proves our dedication to the development of the ichat product line."

"Our strategy in acquiring the ichat products was to allow to offer a full range of Internet community building tools," said Bruce Milligan, vice president of marketing for "The speed with which we have upgraded and implemented these products into the company's core community offering is proof of the momentum we have built at" is in the process of updating all ichat client and server products and, separately, will integrate them into the company's flagship product, Community Publishing System(tm) (CPS). New versions of all ichat products and CPS will be available early in the third quarter of 1999.

About ichat Rooms

ichat Rooms is a massively scalable chat application that allows dynamic, real-time communication and collaboration. ichat Rooms offers several different client options allowing Windows, Macintosh and Unix systems to easily connect and communicate. ichat Rooms can support up to 50,000 simultaneous users and provides easy ad banner integration, private messaging, multimedia support, file transfer, language filters and collaborative browsing.

About, located in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, offers a comprehensive spectrum of online community tools and programs that help groups extend their interaction onto the Internet. By licensing its Community Publishing System(tm) (CPS) to publishers such as Knight Ridder New Media, MediaNews Group, Donrey Media Group, Denver Post, Orlando Sentinel and The Bergen Record, is building the largest network of local online media affiliates. also markets the ichat community product suite, which includes ichat Rooms (chat), ichat Boards (message boards), and ichat Pager (instant messaging) tools.

Voted one of DigitalSouth's 50 companies to watch in 1999, has received investments from BancBoston Ventures, The Bergen Record, CMGI@Ventures, Encompass Ventures, Guy Gannett Communications, SG Capital Partners, Southeast Interactive Technology Funds and other private investors. Visit at

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