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Jabber updates instant messaging client

Software solution provider Jabber has rolled out a new version of its Jabber WebClient instant messaging offering for enterprises.

Jabber WebClient 1.3 is designed to integrate with standard Web browsers and enterprise portals, delivering secure IM without installing software on workers' desktops, according to Jabber officials.

"It fits in nicely with enterprise administration requirements, and they don't have to install or maintain software on end-user PCs," said Don Bergal, vice-president of marketing at Jabber. "With the Jabber WebClient you pull up a browser and you have access to the secure IM features."

Many corporations are looking beyond standalone IM clients to embed IM functionality into enterprise portals and custom Web applications, according to Bergal.

Eyeing this trend, WebClient Version 1.3 includes an SDK (software development kit) and a toolset designed to tie presence and IM into portals and applications.

"Jabber IM is extensible. It brings real-time communication into other applications," Bergal said. "Most enterprises want to build IM into a portal or put their content into an IM client for an advertising push."

Furthermore, Version 1.3 bolsters security with the addition of message encryption via SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) and authentication against a corporate database using LDAP.

Integrating IM with the security provisioning of the corporate network helps simplify administration by using the same database information for authenticating on IM and the corporate network.

In addition to added security, WebClient allows IM messages to pass seamlessly through corporate firewalls, according to Bergal.

In order to connect employees located outside the corporate campus or customers and partners, "IM has to traverse the firewall without leaving a gaping hole," Bergal said.

Other enhancements include subscription control, roster management, user and room search, and the ability to deliver dynamic HTML content.

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