Jabber Readying IM Appliance for SMBs
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Instant messaging software firm Jabber Inc. has announced plans to release a plug-and-play IM appliance designed for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
The new appliance is scheduled to ship in the first quarter of next year and will run on the Jabber Extensible Communications Platform (Jabber XCP).
Jabber, which is working on an XMPP-to-SIP
Gateway to achieve interoperability with IBM's
Lotus IM product, said the release of an SMB instant messaging appliance
will coincide with a new version of the Jabber XCP Platform and an
upgraded Jabber Messenger desktop client.
The company said the new Jabber XCP 4.0 will launch with developer extensions that can be purchased separately by business customers. The extensions include a software developer kit (SDK), Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and an Information Broker to handle content distribution for real-time information.
It will also support Web Services
Jabber said the product suite will also include wireless instant messaging clients for RIM (BlackBerry), PocketPC, SmartPhone, J2ME, Symbian, SMS and WAP.
The new product line is expected to ship on September 30.
The company said the re-engineered Jabber Messenger 3.0 desktop client adds support for extended character sets and localization of text strings to support users internationally.
It will be fitted with features that allow users to customize displays, notifications and other user preferences and user-friendly wizards to handle commands for text conferencing, buddy list management and keyword filtering.