There's been a bit of noise recently about something from Adobe called Cocomo. So... what's that all about then?
Codename "Cocomo" is a Platform as a Service that allows Flex developers to easily add real-time social capabilities into their RIA (rich Internet applications). Comprised of both Flex-based client components and a hosted services infrastructure, Cocomo allows you to build real-time, multi-user applications with Flex in less time than ever before. And because Acrobat.com hosts the service, issues like deployment, maintenance, and scalability are taken care of for you.
Add social features to your existing Flex apps or build totally new ones, such as real-time productivity/collaboration apps, multiplayer games, and audio/video chat.
Features of the Cocomo beta include the following
* VoIP Audio
* Webcam Video
* Multi-User Whiteboards
* Real-Time File Sharing
* User Management
* Roles and Permissions
* Robust Data Messaging
You see, Cocomo is actually already in use in Acrobat 9 and the free Adobe Reader® 9 software, as well as Acrobat.com, (you remember my Cloud Computing piece?) where the platform provides end users with access to real-time collaboration within and around PDF documents...
I'd suggest you go here... http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/cocomo/ and find out a bit more, maybe even signup for the free public Beta?