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Here Comes The Bicoastal Desktop

Judy works at headquarters in Minneapolis. Sam is in the Dallas regional office. Together, they're responsible for a presentation at the sales meeting in Pittsburgh next week. How do they jointly produce the visuals for the assembled masses?

Until very recently, the highest-tech answer available was a frustrating stream of E-mailed spreadsheets, faxed transparencies, and harried phone calls. But a better way is at hand. Variously called "application sharing" or "desktop conferencing," it allows users at widely separated locations to work together on computer files at the same time.