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I asked Skype team if they have a corporate instant messenger, but they didn't give me a straight answer.

My company wants employees to send message and files to each other, just like Skype or Windows Live Messenger.

The bottom line here is: they don't want people to contact internet users. Only employees would be possible contacts.

Is there any product like this?

I think would be necessary a corporate server for this solution?

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If you are an Exchange shop, check out Microsoft Communicator. It links in extremely well with outlook/exchange, and does everything you need.

Otherwise, any of the million of Jabber implementations would work.

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+1, if you're already running MS infrastructure its the way to go, remote users can always use VPN to be able to access the messenger. It also works with VOIP solutions, and integrates with active directory. –  JL. Oct 14 '09 at 21:23
If you install Office Communication Server with an Edge Server you can provide your users with direct access to the internal IM network from the net without requiring a VPN, and you can throw in Live Meeting with that as well (External Voice\Video and Collaboration) without too much trouble. –  Helvick Oct 14 '09 at 22:18
We use OC and it works great. –  Marcus Leon Oct 14 '09 at 22:22
OK, here at office my workmates are using Spark igniterealtime.org/projects/spark/index.jsp. It must be configured by IT guys before using it. It is similar to Windows messenger. –  Junior Mayhé Oct 13 '10 at 16:09

Use a Jabber (XMPP) implementation, such as OpenFire. Straightforward setup, and works with a whole bunch of clients, including Spark, which is a Java-based client from the same vendor.

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Openfire is free/open source (GPL). It works with a whole boatload of clients too, like Pidgin, Spark (as mentioned), Adium (Mac) and any other client that supports Jabber/XMPP. –  Chris Brentano Oct 14 '09 at 21:32
I second this. XMPP is a fantastic protocol, and (though I haven't used it personally) OpenFire looks to be simple to setup and administer. –  Michael Pobega Oct 14 '09 at 21:32
+1: Jabber is excellent for corporate communications. –  Satanicpuppy Oct 14 '09 at 21:54

Though I think this may be more appropriate for ServerFault, I'll throw in my $0.02.

We use Microsoft Office Communicator and it seems to match your requirements.


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I have been at clients where Microsoft Office Communicator was used. It integrates into Outlook and SharePoint and all that.

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  1. You can run your own server
  2. There are TONS of clients
  3. Cross platform
  4. Simple and lightweight
  5. You can enable voice chat as well

Bottom line it works, and it comes in varying levels of free.

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At Oracle we used Oracle Internet Messaging. But look at OpenFire like @Rob said we've integrated it with LuntBuild in the past and CruiseControl.

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You can try SameTime, its very good.

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IBM Lotus Sametime

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We use Big Ant Messenger. While I'm not a big fan of it personally it does the job and you can import your users from AD. Its very Live Messenger-ish too so most people dont have much of a learning curve.

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