Last week we had some unscheduled chat sessions and gave out new room a try. Everything worked great and now we are ready for prime time.
Our hew room should hold a lot more people than IRC and is very graphical and interactive. There are emoticon buttons (can't live without those), audio emoticons (slap, whip, beep, and my favorite- harp), sizable fonts, color button to change the color of your text, and dockable windows.. You can also send and receive private messages.
Many thanks to PapaChalk and DeSound for making this happen.