9/15/2006

AOL IM tools up for business

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 3:28 pm

The days of companies using unsecure consumer technology for instant messaging are numbered, according to AOL and online conferencing company WebEx.

AIM Pro Business Edition (PBE), launched on Thursday, is an IM service aimed at business users who need tighter security and management than traditionally available in the popular consumer products from Yahoo and MSN.

Corporate IM systems do exist but, unlike other products, the makers of AIM PBE claim that their product does not require a dedicated local server but is hosted online making it more flexible to manage and deploy.

“There is a reason enterprise-grade IM (EIM) software hasn’t taken off: Companies simply don’t want to buy and maintain complex IM servers. Instant messaging belongs on the Web,” said David Knight, vice president of messaging solutions, WebEx.

Source: News.com

 

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