Microsoft yesterday released the first widely available beta version of its much anticipated corporate instant messaging (IM) and real-time collaboration server software.
The product, code-named Greenwich, targets corporate IM customers by providing enterprise features including management and end-to-end security.
The technology also allows companies to log instant messages to help protect corporate privacy and intellectual property, and ensure regulatory compliance in certain industries.
Microsoft said that it expects the product to be adopted by companies looking to secure existing IM communications within their enterprise and with trusted partners.
It is also hoping to attract the communications industry, as well as enterprises seeking integration of IM and presence information in line-of-business applications.
"We seek to profoundly change how corporations communicate by bringing together best-of-breed presence and IM technologies with enterprise-grade control and manageability," said Anoop Gupta, corporate vice president of the Real-Time Collaboration Business Unit (RTCBU) at Microsoft.
"Presence-based communications will revolutionise the way information workers collaborate, in the same way that email changed corporate communications in the late 1980s and early 1990s."
Gurdeep Singh Pall, general manager of the RTCBU, added: "Real-time communications, with IM as the initial application, is a revolution in the way companies collaborate.
"Greenwich ensures that these capabilities can immediately become part of the core enterprise infrastructure."
Greenwich is scheduled for commercial release in mid-2003.
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