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Microsoft V-Chat is a freeware 3D chat program released in December 1995 by Microsoft. V-Chat allows people to interact in virtual rooms and using customized avatars. People could also create their own personal avatars.
It has now been discontinued; it can still be downloaded from other sites, such as download.com. V-Chat was just an experimental precursor to a more ambitious projected called V-Worlds, which was completed but never widely deployed.
- Internet Wayback machine Microsoft V-Chat page Archive
- Microsoft V-Chat page - Microsoft Chat pages
- Drucker, Steven M. Shelly D. Farnham, and Marc A. Smith. "The Social Life of Small Graphical Chat Spaces." (Word, Archive)
- Chapter from the book "Avatars!" about Microsoft V-Chat
- Lessons Learned: Social Interaction in Virtual Environments: Study conducted on Microsoft V-Chat
- History of the Microsoft servers and files needed to host a chat server
- Download Version 2.0 of V-Chat at Tucows
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