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Jabber Readying IM Appliance for SMBs

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.

Jabber XCP is a presence, messaging and XML routing infrastructure that is used to create real-time applications, systems and services. Enterprise customers use Jabber XCP to presence-enable real-time application like workflow systems, transactional financial trading systems, alert and notification systems and customer service portals.

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 to embed presence and messaging into other applications using SOAP-based APIs and a Presence Mirror to allow access to users' availability information via a database connection.

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.