Major ISPs unite to connect instant messaging

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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 AOL’s and Yahoo!’s instant messaging networks.

According to a statement released by the companies, “This combination is the next step in making EIM [Enterprise Instant Messaging] as widespread and beneficial as e-mail.”

Connectivity will become available in the fourth quarter of this year, the companies said. Pricing and licensing options will be announced later this year.

“In much the same way that e-mail significantly has changed today’s business landscape, instant messaging is becoming just as ubiquitous in organizations,” Anoop Gupta, corporate VP of the Real-Time Collaboration Business Unit at Microsoft, said in a statement. “Businesses 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.”

--Carol Krol

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