Well, let's just come out and say it right here: Live Office and iChat aren't Skyroom. Skyroom is Live Office and iChat on steroids after working in the gym with trainers. It also isn't one of the many freeware or shareware applications or subscription-based services like GoToMeeting.com.The differences between other collaboration tools and SkyRoom are significant. It’s not a subscription-based service, the software itself is affordable (under $150), its technical requirements are reasonable (Intel® Core 2™ Duo 2.33-GHz or equivalent processor with 2 GB RAM, a webcam and Microsoft Windows® XP or Vista®, and a broadband network with a minimum transfer rate of 400 kbps), and the visual quality is… well, what you’d expect from software used by DreamWorks. In 2002, I witnessed a demonstration of a “virtual meeting” conducted at a learning seminar. Dozens of cameras in two separate locations, each powered by a roomful of computing and processing power, “joined” two men in two offices hundreds of miles apart. It looked pretty good. Sure, it wasn’t exactly seamless, but it did look like two guys in the same office. Our collaboration tools aren’t there yet, but the industry is making significant strides, enough so that our children and grandchildren should find it both easy and natural to stay connected in virtual teams.