According to a statement released by the companies, âThis combination is the next step in making EIM [Enterprise Instant Messaging] as widespread and beneficial as e-mail.â
Connectivity will become available in the fourth quarter of this year, the companies said. Pricing and licensing options will be announced later this year.
âIn much the same way that e-mail significantly has changed todayâs business landscape, instant messaging is becoming just as ubiquitous in organizations,â Anoop Gupta, corporate VP of the Real-Time Collaboration Business Unit at Microsoft, said in a statement. âBusinesses are inquiring about ways to extend enterprise IM systems beyond network borders to empower their employees to more securely connect with customers, partners, family and friends.â