Friday, April 29, 2005

Instant Messaging Standards?

I stumbled upon an article the other day that mentioned Sun Microsystems latest IM offering is going to support the eXtensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP). It looks like the hope for an IM standard is starting to become more reality (we have been waiting 3-4 years)! XMPP was approved in January 2004. If the major public IM vendors (AIM, MSN, Yahoo) implement this standard and embrace interoperability, users will be able to talk to anyone on any service, including your own private company wide IM server, using the same client. I fear that will be slow to happen if ever though. There are few benefits for the public vendors.

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