Linden Lab, the company that is responsible for launching the virtual community, Second Life, is seizing the opportunity to provide virtual meeting technology to businesses. On the heels of the recession, everyone is looking for a way to cut costs, and virtual collaboration in place of costly travel might be one answer. According to Linden Lab, over 1,400 organizations "use Second Life to hold meetings, conduct training and prototype new technologies more efficiently." Their new tool, Enterprise, is now in beta phase.
IBM has been deeply involved in Second Life for quite a while, connecting partners, customers and employees in virtual worlds. I've known people that have tired of the experience and opted out.
It may be that we're early on this one - for some people their hardware is inadequate, their software is inadequate and their availability is inadequate to make the best use of the virtual playground Second Life offers.