This morning, Lotus has announced the availability of Lotus Sametime 7.5 gateway interoperability with AOL Instant Messenger and Google Talk, with Yahoo Messenger following imminently.  The press release also announces that the Sametime Gateway will now support XMPP in addition to SIP.

IBM has thrown its weight behind the use of the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol standard for interoperability, and will announce on Dec. 6 that Lotus Sametime 7.5 instant messaging customers can now communicate with users of AIM and Google Talk, and will be able to do so with Yahoo Messenger in a matter of weeks.

This is also the first time IBM has publicly announced its support of the XMPP standard for interoperability with Sametime, but it has been a longtime supporter of the Session Initiated Protocol (SIP/SIMPLE) standard, Akiba Saeedi, the program director for IBM Lotus Sametime, told eWEEK.

"IBM is joining AOL, Google, Jabber and Yahoo! in support of the SIP/SIMPLE and XMPP industry standards, which are propelling change and growth in the real-time collaboration industry, and helping the technology evolve beyond its basic chat roots to the centerpiece for varied types of communication such as VOIP [voice over IP] and Web conferencing," she said.
Link: eWeek: Lotus Sametime 7.5 Interoperates with AIM, Google Talk >
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