Today, we’re happy to formally announce SLim, a lightweight, voice-enabled instant messaging client that will allow you to communicate with your Second Life friends without logging in to the full viewer. While the viewer will still serve as the primary communication engine when you’re inworld, having SLim installed will enable you to connect with friends whether or not they are actually inworld.
SLim further lowers the barriers between virtual world and real world communication and ensures that you’ll always be able to connect with your Second Life friends regardless of location or broadband connection. Capable of running on any computer, SLim will extend the value and experience of Second Life beyond the borders of the virtual world.
Among other benefits, SLim will give you:
- Access to your Second Life Friends list with real-time “presence” status updates
- The ability to seamlessly migrate a text conversation into a voice call
- The ability for SLim users to leave voice mails for offline friends
We’re putting the finishing touches on the technology now and will be announcing the availability of the client and a new SLim-enabled First Look viewer very shortly. Initially, you’ll be able to use SLim to communicate with Residents who are using the SLim-enabled First Look. Eventually, the main release viewer will also be SLim-enabled.
Voice is a critical component of the Second Life experience and SLim will play a major role in that facility moving forward.
Click here to see the official SLim press release.
Btw, I’m returning from the Virtual World Conference in LA this afternoon and won’t be able to read your comments until I get home. Will comment on the blog then. Thanks.