Wimba Pronto 2.1 Adds Accessibility, Spanish Language Features


Wimba this week released Wimba Pronto 2.1, an update to the company's academic instant messaging software. The new version adds a Spanish language option and new accessibility features.

Wimba Pronto is an education-focused instant messaging and voice chat tool, part of the Wimba Collaboration Suite that also includes Wimba Classroom (a virtual classroom environment) and Wimba Create (a utility for converting Word documents to LMS-friendly formats), among other technologies. Wimba Pronto provides live online communications for students and instructors. Some of its features include audio and video conferencing capabilities, desktop application sharing, support for queuing for individualized help, and automatic population of contact lists based on courses.

The new version adds support for Spanish, allowing users to choose a preferred language for the system or use automatic detection based on the language in use by the operating system. Version 2.1 also adds new accessibility features, such as an upgraded keyboard-based navigation feature for those who can't use computer mice and support for screen readers for Mac OS X and Windows systems.

Wimba Pronto 2.1 is available now. Further information, including demos, can be found here.

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