IBM’s Lotus Sametime to work with other IM networks

By Derek Sooman on January 24, 2006, 2:29 PM
IBM has made the move of announcing plans to make its Lotus business software suite compatible with several popular internet chat platforms, including AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo Messenger and Google Talk. Essentially, users of IBM’s Lotus Sametime chat program will be able to connect and chat with anyone using any of these IM networks. The use of IM in the business arena has continued to grow, with many seeing the technology as a viable alternative to conference calls and videoconference meetings.

"In today’s increasingly global economy, the speed of business has increased dramatically, which has made real-time collaboration tools a critical aspect of daily work life," IBM said. "Customers increasingly rely on tools such as instant messaging, web conferencing and other real-time technologies to share knowledge and quickly react to market changes and opportunities."

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MonkeyMan said:
Way to go IBM, this is excellent for IBM's image. I think they should come out with a messenger to challenge yahoo, MSN, and google. Well maybe I'm overexaggerating, but its possible.
nathanskywalker said:
Simply a description...[url]
ies/sametime/[/url]And if it just so happens that you want to download this...[url]
etime/support.html[/url]Well, AIM is still lagging, but this looks like a good move, on their part. AIM does tend to be more buisness like(their I.M i mean) and they just might pull this off.
otmakus said:
As I (and most other people, I bet) have never heard of IBM's Lotus Sametime before, this news doesn't have any significance. The real news will be when Yahoo messenger and MSN messenger manage to "break the Berlin wall". They've been saying it all this time but there's no fixed date yet.
mentaljedi said:
Well well done for IBM. I have no idea what it is but if IBM can do ANYTHING, it makes them better than most comanies out there...
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