AOL, IBM Hook Up IM
With today's announcement of Lotus Sametime 7.5, IBM plans to provide instant messaging customers with federated access to AOL's global instant messaging network as an embedded feature for each user. These customers will be able to exchange instant messages with the more than 70 million users of the AOL®, AIM®, ICQ® and Apple® iChat(TM) services around the world.
"IBM is committed to bringing business communities together for increased productivity," said Ken Bisconti, vice president, Workplace, Portal and Collaboration Products, IBM. "Certified federation with AOL's global instant messaging network will enable our customers to quickly exchange information and share resources with partners, vendors and customers throughout the United States and beyond."
Sametime users will also be able to exchange presence information by adding AOL Screen Names and ICQ numbers to their Sametime contact lists while inviting others to add Sametime identities to their AIM® Buddy List®, iChat(TM) and ICQ® Contact List features. In addition, the agreement provides for access to AOL's new AIM® Clearinghouse service, which will make it easy for Sametime customers to connect to AOL's network as well as to those of customers, business partners and other enterprise instant messaging (EIM) systems.
"We are extremely pleased to welcome IBM's Lotus Sametime users to the global AOL instant messaging community," said Brian Curry, vice president, Premium and Subscription Services, America Online, Inc. "Together, we will help tens of millions of at-work IM users speed the flow of business communications everyday."
Counting its new relationship with IBM, AOL's instant messaging services will reach more than 75 percent of all enterprise instant messaging users. AOL's existing federation partners include Microsoft Corporation, Reuters, Inc., Jabber, Inc., Antepo, Inc., Omnipod, Inc., Communicator, Inc., Parlano, Inc., Thomson Financial and Pivot Solution's IMTrader(TM) service.
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