Microsoft lifts lid on Greenwich's new name

Microsoft has revealed more of its real-time collaboration and enterprise instant messaging (IM) platform.

Microsoft has revealed more of its real-time collaboration and enterprise instant messaging (IM) platform.

The previously dubbed "Greenwich" technologies, currently in beta, is now called the Microsoft Real-Time Communications Server (MS RTC Server).

The company also announced that it will release a set of developer tools along with the software. Both are  due to be delivered by the third quarter of this year.

Microsoft said a subset of the Greenwich technologies will be made available as an add-on to the Windows Server 2003. The presence and messaging platform, based on the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and SIP for Instant Messaging and Presence Leveraging Extensions standards, will be delivered as a free update to the networking stack.

"This will allow developers to build applications that take advantage of presence and presence-based router capabilities," said Ed Simnett, lead project manager of Microsoft's Real Time Collaboration business unit.

Presence is the ability to see when a user is online and available to communicate.

Simnett expected companies to use the tools to integrate IM and presence capabilities into their customer relationship management applications, for example, or create notification services.

Additionally, the company will be releasing SIP protocols from Greenwich to subscribers of the Microsoft Software Developer Network as part of a software developer kit.

Microsoft released the Greenwich beta just over a month ago, after much speculation as to what tack the company would take in the enterprise IM market.

Greenwich offers companies IM functionality that includes data collaboration, PC-to-PC voice and video and integration with the company's MSN Messenger Connect for Enterprises service, among other features.

The company has presented a broad vision for its real-time communications platform, and has painted the MS RTC Server as the first step toward a fully-integrated communications platform.

The company has yet to disclose a price for the new software.

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