AOL Welcomes Four IM Players To Its Network

CRN | Breaking News | AOL Welcomes Four IM Players To Its Network: “America Online is opening the on-ramp to millions of its instant messaging (IM) users via a new alliance with four enterprise IM (EIM) suppliers.
Starting in a few months, business users with Antepo, Jabber Inc., Omnipod or Parlano IM will be able to link to 14 million business America Online Instant Messaging (AIM) or ICQ users as well as tens of millions of consumer users beyond that, the companies said. (AOL estimates it has more than 100 million ICQ/AIM users worldwide.) ”

[Via Peter O’Kelly’s Reality Check]

This is a strong move by AOL following the earlier announced Public INternet Connector (PIC) from Microsoft. PIC allows organisations using LCS 2005 to connect to MSN, Yahoo and AOL.