CRN coverage of the Lotusphere news:
IBM Software's new Sametime instant messaging will connect to the hugely popular consumer IM networks from America Online, Yahoo and Google, IBM execs said Monday. ... Ironically, IBM/Lotus was the first to offer AIM integration several years ago, but that pact faded. More recently, Microsoft has stolen a march, last year announcing interoperability between its Live Communications Server and AOL, Yahoo and MSN public IM networks. There was no mention of interoperability between Sametime and Microsoft instant messaging.Link: CRN: IBM to AOL: Talk to Me >
Sametime 7.5 will provide this connectivity with no additional charge, said Craig Hayman, vice president of development and technical support for Lotus Software. Microsoft charges for its IM interop gateway.