The viewer povides a new user interface and, importantly for those interested in collaborative systems, "shared media" (tm). Shared media allows a wide range of web pages, video types (including Flash and YouTube), movies, etc to be displayed on any face of any primitive in Second Life. A vast improvement on the previous (Second Life Viewer 1.23 and before) "media texture" that was limited to a single URL for each plot of land in Second Life.
Here are some images of our tests of a range of capabilities of the shared media mechanism involving:
The demonstration shared media displays are available in the I-Zone@VCE
Much more exploration is needed... many tools will be useful as Shared Media in Second Life Viewer 2.0. See some examples at:
Look at this demonstration of the free 3 way Adobe ConnectNow web service running with media sharing, shared whiteboard, web cam, chat, etc... to connect up to three users (more with the premium versions, 5 and 20 with ConnectNow pro versions, 300 (as on Harmonie Web) or up to 80,000 with Adobe Connnect Pro Servers!) and, in the example image below, sharing the Second Life Viewer and a Webcam/Audio feed... through Adobe ConnectNow... back into Second Life...
... at the sample meeting space at:
Test of streaming into VCE I-Zone of video made by Rob Cross and Paul Padur of University of Virginia to introduce Virtual Collaboration Protocol.