Sun signs up for instant messaging standard

Sun Microsystems has updated its instant messaging server software with support for a nascent standard called Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol, or XMPP. The technology is designed to bridge the gap between today's separate IM networks.

The XMPP support is built into Sun's Java System Instant Messaging software, part of its Java Communications Suite, the software and server company said Wednesday.

Sun also announced partnerships with two companies to expand the software's abilities. Integration with Clique Communications' software permits the software to be used for sending video streams. And for companies that must comply with regulations governing communications, Sun is integrating its software with ArcMentor's product that lets customers store, monitor, retrieve and analyze instant messages.

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