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Tuesday, February 21, 2006 1:01 PM
AIM Moves Bigger
Kevin Salwen on In the News

Are you an IM user at work? I've always thought it was the easiest form of communication, especially among people in different cities or locations.

Now, AOL is unveiling two new enterprise-level versions of instant messaging. Tentatively named AIM Pro, one version of the new service targets small businesses and the self-employed, while the other is designed to appeal to larger corporations. AIM Pro, a collaboration between AOL and conferencing services provider WebEx Communications, offers a customizable interface, voice, video and Web collaboration capabilities and enhanced security.

Would you buy it?


4 comments

Mark Sicignano - 2/23/2006 10:35:55 PM
I don't see that much beauty in IM technology. I see it very differently than Melanie does.

She says, 'It's a gentle way to *ping* someone when you don't want or don't need to grab their direct, unbroken attention.'

When you IM somebody, aren't you breaking their attention at that moment? Aren't you grabbing their attention? I work with people who use IM. I see them being interrupted in the middle of trying to concentrate on other things.

I've always refer to it as AOL Instant Interruption. :-) If you want to talk about something, call me. If you want to send me a message that doesn't demand my immediate attention and isn't important enough to interrupt me, then email me.

Anyway, if you add voice and video, would I pay for it? No.

Why would I when Skype is free?
abigail - 2/22/2006 6:41:39 AM
I think the whole thought for the product is wonderful. It'll be an awesome product and worth a buy. Pls let me know if any update about this product here. http://www.daily-headache.info
abigail - 2/22/2006 6:39:56 AM
I think the whole thought for the product is wonderful. It'll be an awesome product and worth a buy.
Melanie - 2/21/2006 1:36:33 PM
Nope. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

The beauty of current IM technology is that it's so damn simple. It's a gentle way to *ping* someone when you don't want or don't need to grab their direct, unbroken attention. Add voice and video and all that other crap into the mix and it's a different product.
It may even be a good, useful product, come to think of it - but it's not IM. It's conferencing. Give a new name, sell it on a different angle maybe - I just don't see anyone buying into 'newer better faster' with something that we've been trying to keep so simple for so long.

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