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Microsoft to launch IM server

Greenwich means real time
Thu Apr 10 2003, 12:07
MICROSOFT CONTINUES ITS EFFORTS to sell more expensive server based software. The project once known as "Greenwich" is now to be called Real-Time Communications Server (RTC). It ties together instant messaging and collaboration in much the same way as Exchange ties together mail and scheduling.

Microsoft seems determined to push its instant messenger client into businesses. The company is putting on a convincing show, the big plus being pushed is that the equivalent to conference calls can be much more productive. Though that could be misleading, most people talk 10-15 times faster than they can type. If you thought meetings dragged on now... Thankfully, the system allows for voice communications. And video too, come to that.

There are all kinds of developer initiatives building around the RTC server. Microsoft is pushing for the technology to be built into systems like customer relationship management software. It is also working towards parts of the technology being added onto Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft is being very aggressive about its push to get IM adopted by businesses. The RTC server allows secure communications within a company. But the real reason for the push is bound to be that the Vole just wants to sell a few more expensive server operating systems. µ


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