Microsoft Office Real-Time Communications Server 2003

RTC Server Adds Manageable Enterprise Instant Messaging to the Mix Of Microsoft Office System Programs, Servers and Services Due This Summer

Microsoft Corp. today announced its Microsoft® Real-Time Communications Server (RTC Server) 2003 Standard Edition will add "Office" to its name, clearly identifying it as a member of the company's highly anticipated Microsoft Office System of programs, servers and services to be released later this year. The Microsoft Office Real-Time Communications Server is a manageable and extensible instant messaging (IM) server that enables people to communicate in real time across enterprises in a manageable and more secure way than is possible with consumer-oriented services. An extensible platform as well as an IM solution, the RTC Server will allow developers to build real-time communications capabilities into their own applications. The RTC Server is a natural fit in the Microsoft Office System, which is designed to better connect people with each other, information and business processes across an organization to transform information for business impact.

"People are rapidly adopting text instant messaging for day-to-day business use, but are currently limited to discrete consumer-oriented services," said Anoop Gupta, corporate vice president of the Real-Time Collaboration Business Unit at Microsoft. "With RTC Server deployed with other Microsoft Office System products, such as Outlook® 2003 or SharePoint (TM) Portal Server 2003, information workers will be able to send instant messages to colleagues from within the productivity applications they use every day. Collaboration in context delivers greater relevance. Collaboration in real time allows for faster resolution of issues and shorter time to decisions. It's a powerful combination we believe information workers will embrace."

News source: Microsoft PressPass

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