Right on the heels of Yahoo dropping corporate IM, InfoWorld is reporting that AOL has decided to do the same thing.


At least we were first.

By a day.

What's that saying about imitation? :-)

Posted by jzawodn at June 21, 2004 10:30 AM

Reader Comments
# Ryan said:

Heh... we're just trendy :-)

on June 21, 2004 11:52 AM
# gabriel ricard said:

So, how long until Microsoft joins suit?

on June 21, 2004 01:07 PM
# pmp said:

I think it sucks. Enterprise IM has to have a place somewhere. We can't simple leave this market to Microsoft and IBM.

on June 21, 2004 07:29 PM
# philip said:

why don't businesses just use jabber. most of the open source clients have encrypted chat anyway - and that's protocol independent using (G)PG(P).

on June 21, 2004 10:55 PM
# said:

"why don't businesses just use jabber. most of the open source clients have encrypted chat anyway - and that's protocol independent using (G)PG(P)."

errr.. because most of them have a severe case of pointy-headed management?

on June 22, 2004 02:49 AM
# Dan said:

Or... because many of them have reporting, logging, and tracking requirements that'd make encrypted chat illegal?

on June 22, 2004 05:48 AM
# Jeffrey J. Hoover said:

iChat via Rendezvous works wonders within a group on the same subnet. Encryption is another matter.

on June 22, 2004 07:51 AM
# Nate said:

In our own small business I never "got" the need for Enterprise IM. It seems targeted at control freaks -- people who need to control who their users can send/receive IMs from, control their users screen names, log the text of all IMs or other Draconian measures.

We (and our vendors and customers) use the standard Yahoo Messenger extensively and are very happy with it. As we add Macs to our mix we are moving toward AIM, due to its better integration with OS X.

Perhaps larger companies weren't willing to allow IM, even in its more limited ("more powerful") Enterprise form. Or maybe the benefits of IM evaporated when shackled by all that Enterprise "power".

on June 22, 2004 10:17 AM
# Derek Scruggs said:

Re: control freaks - see Elliot Spitzer vs. Martha Stewart. All communications between brokers and clients have to be logged per SEC requirements. (At least electronic, not sure about face to face.)

I'm not a big fan of IM. Just wanted to point out an example of where technology intersects with the law in a pretty serious way.

on June 22, 2004 01:26 PM
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