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Old 04-24-2005, 09:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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"Instant messaging began in the same way that many Internet tools did -- through grass-roots efforts among network users.

Now, the ubiquitous "ping tools" have become an integral part of most enterprise employees' workdays. The problem is how to make those tools enterprise-worthy and meet tracking and mobility needs.

Research In Motion , maker of the handheld Blackberry communication device, has taken a step in that direction by announcing that it will collaborate with Microsoft on products and joint marketing.

The team effort will extend enterprise instant messaging and presence to BlackBerry subscribers through connectivity between Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 and BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

"Instant messaging not within the context of a collaboration suite or platform is not trackable," said Yankee Group's Tony White.

That issue has plagued its implementation in regulation-sensitive industries, such as financial services. The advent of Microsoft's Live Communications Server alleviates some of those concerns.

However, enterprises have become increasingly reliant on the mobile portions of their communication networks -- allowing employees to be reached while sitting at their desks or on the road.

In addition, some companies use instant messaging tools to track employees' on-duty or off-duty status.

Without a way to extend the constant connectivity of instant messaging to the mobile device, many in the workforce were left outside the loop.

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The combined Microsoft-RIM system, said the companies, is designed to extend Live Communications Server features to employees using the BlackBerry device.

Thus mobile professionals can transmit instant messages and share presence-based information with office-based colleagues.

Extending real-time communications tools to mobile devices "is a core element of our vision for integrated communications, which aims to unify communications across PCs, phones and mobile devices" said Gurdeep Pall, corporate vice president for the Real-Time Collaboration Group at Microsoft."
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Just when Symbian thought they were getting rid of Microsoft.
Watch closely on this. One has to wonder if we don't start seeing Blackberry's running Microsoft's Mobile Pocket PC OS or their other mobile OS used for small sceen phones. Get me a camera and a memory card slot too while they are at it. And get me a real audio system too. Not this Mono-midi stuff we have now.
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I doubt we'll ever see Windows Mobile on a BlackBerry, but we'll see BlackBerry Connect on a Windows Mobile device here shortly.

As for this news article, I'm looking forward to the beta testing of it. I believe my company will end up getting involved, most likely. We've been beta testing Office Communicator for some time now, so this should be fun to play with once its available.
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