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MS, Intel push for Net videophones

Microsoft and Intel are joining their considerable forces to make the transmission of video, voice, and data over the Internet as common as a telephone call.

Microsoft and Intel are joining their considerable forces to make the transmission of video, voice, and data over the Internet as common as a telephone call.

The companies will work together to unveil a standard later this year that will allow users to conduct conference calls and share applications over the Net. The companies say the standard will let users across the country see each other and communicate regardless of what kind of PC they're using via video telephones that transmit video and voice traffic on the Internet. Students, for example, could attend classes on campuses across the country over the Net.

The so-far unnamed standard will be delivered as part of Microsoft's ActiveX Technologies in future Windows operating system releases and associated developer's kits. More than 100 companies, including Compaq, CompuServe, Hewlett-Packard, and Netscape, have already rushed to endorse the effort

The companies said the implementation of the standard will comply with existing International Telecommunications Union (ITU) standards and Internet Engineering Task Force (ETF) specifications.