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Press coverage of Public IM, XMPP interoperability announcement

Press coverage is starting to come in on the press release we issued this morning on the availability of IBM Lotus Sametime Gateway.  The key themes you should see highlighted in the coverage are both the ability to connect in a controlled, managed fashion to AOL, Google, and Yahoo, and also our support for interoperability with IM systems using the XMPP protocol.   (Update - press release can be found here, and additional coverage included below.)

Early coverage:

eWeek:  Lotus Sametime 7.5 Interoperates with AIM, Google Talk

Key quotes:

IBM has thrown its weight behind the use of the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol standard for interoperability, and will announce on Dec. 6 that Lotus Sametime 7.5 instant messaging customers can now communicate with users of AIM and Google Talk, and will be able to do so with Yahoo Messenger in a matter of weeks.

This is also the first time IBM has publicly announced its support of the XMPP standard for interoperability with Sametime, but it has been a longtime supporter of the Session Initiated Protocol (SIP/SIMPLE) standard, Akiba Saeedi, the program director for IBM Lotus Sametime, told eWEEK.

"IBM is joining AOL, Google, Jabber and Yahoo! in support of the SIP/SIMPLE and XMPP industry standards, which are propelling change and growth in the real-time collaboration industry, and helping the technology evolve beyond its basic chat roots to the centerpiece for varied types of communication such as VOIP [voice over IP] and Web conferencing," she said.

Additional coverage:

InfoWorld:  Sametime links up with AIM, Google Talk

Computer Business Review: Lotus Sametime jibes with AOL, Google and Yahoo IM

Instant Messaging Planet: Sametime Cuts Federation Deal with Yahoo, AIM and Google

Intranet Journal:  Lotus Sametime Embraces Public IM Networks

InternetNews: IBM Collaboration Suite Gets More Chatty

I'll update this post with links to the press release and additional coverage throughout the day.