Microsoft launches new IM programs for businesses

Posted on Wednesday, March 09 2005 @ 20:12 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
In order to improve its share in the businesses instant messaging client market Microsoft launched a new version of its professional messaging client.

The Office Communicator is an improved version of Windows Messenger - allowing users to track whether contact persons are online or available for a meeting and will also feature the ability to reroute incoming messages to phones, instant messaging programs and others.

The software giant believes that corporates will more and more use this kind of software to improve internal and external communication. It could also save costs for firms as it partly eliminates the need to do costly business travels.

The company said it would begin offering an update to its Live Communications Server that will let corporate users swap instant messages with users in public messaging networks, including those used by Microsoft's MSN Messenger, Yahoo Instant Messenger and America Online's AOL Instant Messenger, or AIM, product.
Also announced was a new version of Office Live Meeting. More details at ZDNet