Microsoft's unintended support for the Internet's bizarre mating rituals is widely appreciated, particularly by the online gay community. NetMeeting product manager Laemmel says most of the queries he hears about sexual content on the Microsoft NetMeeting servers come from reporters rather than actual users. But that's an impossible task. While some critics of the Internet might argue that all of cyberspace is one vast red-light district, it's hard to imagine that Microsoft is pleased with its unlikely role of X-rated matchmaker. Microsoft observers suggest that doing so would put Microsoft in the potentially uncomfortable legal and moral position of appearing to "condone" the behavior that occurs on X-rated servers. Ads are currently disabled.
Sex fiends have always been the first to take advantage of new technological breakthroughs, and videoconferencing software for the Internet has been available since at least
Microsoft, as always, has ambitious plans. It just wasn't easy. But because of technological limitations, Cu-SeeMe was never the perfect solution for cybersex devotees. Everyone in the Internet videoconferencing business will gain if the overall visibility of videoconferencing is raised, even if such visibility includes naked genitalia here and there. If they're sexually explicit in the G-rated space, they receive a warning. But Microsoft's encouragement has resulted in some very un-Microsoftish behavior. I used my wife as bait.
But Microsoft's encouragement has resulted in some very un-Microsoftish behavior. Everyone in the Internet videoconferencing business will gain if the overall visibility of videoconferencing is raised, even if such visibility includes naked genitalia here and there. The stakes are huge. The ubiquity of the program has encouraged most other makers of videoconferencing software to ensure that their products work with NetMeeting. That's what the Internet Locator Server is: