Java-based BlackBerry wireless handhelds from Research in Motion now support IBM's Lotus Instant Messaging Everyplace 3 application, allowing corporate users to chat, receive alerts and access contact lists behind the company firewall.
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The messaging capabilities are designed to help mobile workers access corporate resources while on the move, the companies said, while still benefiting from behind-the-firewall security and message logging.
Users of the Everyplace application will be able to see when contacts are online, chat, receive e-mail, IM and SMS alerts, and edit their profiles. The software offers signal name and password sign-in as well as multilingual support.
RIM's BlackBerry devices already offer wireless e-mail, phone, SMS, organiser, web and internet applications. The addition of corporate messaging from IBM Lotus draws on the popularity of IM in the workplace.
Scarlett Pruitt writes for IDG News Service