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Disney Chooses Jabber

Commercial instant messaging and presence management software provider Jabber.com Inc. scored a coup Monday as it secured a partnership with the Walt Disney Internet Group.

The Walt Disney Internet Group is one of The Walt Disney Company's five business units, and is charged with operating the company's portfolio of Web sites, including Disney.com, ESPN.com, ABC.com and ABCNEWS.com. The Group licensed the Jabber Commercial Server for its instant messaging, real-time content delivery, alert and multi-user gaming capabilities.

Disney also designed its own Jabber client for Windows, called the Go Messenger.

The Group said it would deploy the services on one or more of its sites in the near future.

"As a platform to instantly distribute relevant and personalized notifications, media and content directly to visitors to our Web site, Jabber will provide an excellent user enhancement," said Doug Parrish, chief technology officer of the Walt Disney Internet Group.

The deal is the culmination of a long relationship between Jabber and the media giant.

"This has been a long time in coming," said Andre Durand, founder of Jabber.com Inc. "In fact, we've been working with Disney for over a year now...Disney was instrumental in helping us achieve scalability, and allowed us to work in their facilities to run tests that validated our commercial server up to 200,000 concurrent users."

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.