Redmond, Wash.--Microsoft Corp., America Online, and Yahoo! announced Thursday that they have collaborated to enable connectivity between Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 and AOLâs and Yahoo!âs instant messaging networks.
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