Enterprise Instant Messaging

According to some industry estimates, there are more than 25 million business users of instant messaging in the United States.

Most of those users are believed to be stealth users, firing up lightweight IM clients from Yahoo!, AOL or Microsoft without the support, approval or knowledge of their IT departments.

Industry observers believe the next 18 to 24 months will be the critical period when enterprises begin to clamp down on the use of unapproved IM networks and replace them with corporate IT-approved alternatives.

Sponsor -- How safe are you from worms?
Are you counting on anti-virus and firewalls to protect your networks? Well, if worms are your concern, you’d better think again.
Patching open network holes is the only way to stop the Blasters… and all the Sons of Blasters on the horizon… Click here to download your free version of HFNetChkPro.

This series of articles will explore the benefits of IM, the pitfalls of both controlled and uncontrolled IM use in a corporate environment and the options for centrally managing IM.

Featured

  • Motherboard Image

    Darktrace Deal To Bring AI Security to Microsoft Products

    Microsoft and security solutions firm Darktrace plan to integrate the latter's AI products with Microsoft Azure, Azure Sentinel and Microsoft Defender for Endpoint.

  • 2021 Microsoft Conference Calendar: For Partners, IT Pros and Developers

    Here's your guide to all the IT training sessions, partner meet-ups and annual Microsoft conferences you won't want to miss.

  • Microsoft Updates Azure Icon, Plans Default Font Change

    Microsoft recently announced a few planned design changes, including a new Azure icon.

  • The 2021 Microsoft Product Roadmap

    From Windows 10X to the next generation of Microsoft's application server products, here are the product milestones coming down the pipeline in 2021.