MS to ship free IM client SDKs
Rohit at ics.uci.edu
Fri Apr 11 15:05:11 PDT 2003
Gotta love those wizards at MS Marketing who can christen a product
"Real-Time Communications Server 2003" with a straight face...
Nice move, mostly no surprise, trying to get devs tied into your
presence platform pretty much requires free libraries and runtimes as
> The APIs will let independent software vendors leverage presence
> technology, which gives people the ability to detect another person's
> online availability, in building applications such as notification
> services or Web-based instant-messaging tools, without having to buy
> the real-time server. Meanwhile, the developer kit will let telecom
> companies build real-time apps that take advantage of the Session
> Initiation Protocol instant-messaging standard, also without
> purchasing the new server.
Changes Being Made In Microsoft IM Product
By Tony Kontzer, InformationWeek
Microsoft continues to detail its real-time collaboration map, saying
that two of the development components from its much-awaited Greenwich
instant-messaging server--now dubbed Real-Time Communications Server
2003--will be shipped with other products as well.
A set of standards-based "presence" APIs shipping with the real-time
server also will be packaged with Windows Server 2003, and a software
developer kit that's part of the real-time server will be made
available to subscribers of the Microsoft Developers Network. The APIs
will let independent software vendors leverage presence technology,
which gives people the ability to detect another person's online
availability, in building applications such as notification services or
Web-based instant-messaging tools, without having to buy the real-time
server. Meanwhile, the developer kit will let telecom companies build
real-time apps that take advantage of the Session Initiation Protocol
instant-messaging standard, also without purchasing the new server.
Siemens Information and Communication Networks Inc. built its new
automated call attendant, OpenScape, on the real-time platform.
OpenScape, which is essentially a real-time unified messaging
application, is designed to let users have their messages follow and
find them regardless of location or device type. Reuters also has used
Microsoft's real-time technology as the basis for Reuters Messaging, an
instant-messaging application built primarily for financial-services
Ed Simnett, lead product manager for Microsoft's real-time
collaboration group, says potential buyers should look at the real-time
server as more than an instant-messaging platform, but rather as a tool
for making presence a critical piece of a company's infrastructure. "It
will become apparent to people that presence is a technology that's
distinct from text messaging," he says.
Pricing for the real-time server has not been released.
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