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.

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