Based on Net standards, the Internet Chat Server is a real-time server that can be deployed as a standalone server or in a chat server network. The server supports multiple chats including public, invitation-only, and auditorium-style chats. It also can search and find other chats of interest on a different site or service.
Web developers can incorporate in-frame chats into pages via an ActiveX chat control and have any IRC (Internet Relay Chat) client automatically launched from a Web page. Confidential or restricted chat channels are supported by Microsoft's Internet Security Framework.
Minimum system requirements include Windows NT Server 4.0, Internet Information Server 2.0, 12MB of RAM for Intel x86-based systems, and 16MB for RISC-based systems. Commercial availability is scheduled for the first quarter of 1997.