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Activerse updates messaging

The firm's Ding 2.0 client app for instant messaging includes expanded support for additional platforms and external applications.

Messaging software maker Activerse today rolled out the next version of its Java-based instant messaging application.

The collaboration product is a messaging "buddy list" client application that lets users know who is online and available.

Priced at $29.95 per user, Ding 2.0 features additional support for external applications, which allow users to open, share, and edit files created by other applications. The company said that makes Ding 2.0 a launch pad for third-party communications products including voice-over-IP and audio- or videoconferencing.

The Ding Enterprise pack costs $695 for a 20-client pack and includes Ding Switchboard, which, as reported earlier, operates a Web server and Ding client.

Ding 2.0 includes expanded platform support for Windows 95, 98, and NT 4.0 as well as Unix, including Solaris and Linux. Public beta versions supporting OS/2 and MacOS also are planned, the company said.

Using Version 2.0 with other components from Activerse, Ding now can send messages to others even when they are offline. Messages are stored and made available to recipients once they log on.

Ding 2.0 also includes improved security, such as public-private key pairs and password encryption to authenticate users and prevent such security breaches as identity spoofing.

Other features in version 2.0 simplify group administration features, so users can add groups to their peer lists and create customized groups based on client or project, for example.