Instant Messaging

Recent instant messaging news and analysis from knowledgeable experts.

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Microsoft presses 'Send': a new mobile app for quick office communications

Synced with Outlook, the messaging tool requires no subject line, salutation, or signature

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3 collaboration tools vying to knock Microsoft out of the enterprise

Slack, Jive, and Symphony hope business-oriented collaboration in the Millennial style will displace Exchange, SharePoint, Yammer, and Skype

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A look at the new Microsoft Skype for Business Server 2015

Most of the action with Skype for Business Server 2015 happens behind the scenes, in the server-side plumbing

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The real problem with unified communications

People don't need fat, complex clients to do all their communications; they need a way to make their communications portable across devices and locations

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The drive toward real-time business intelligence

Turning business intelligence into a real-time proposition is a key to unlock digitalization. A number of challenges abound on that path, ranging from upstream data collection all the way to usage of insights.

WhatsApp users top 700 million, could hit 1 billion in a year

Use of mobile messaging apps such as WhatsApp is rising while use of carriers' SMS text messaging services declines


Wickr brings its self-destructing messages to Windows, Mac, and Linux

Wickr's new desktop apps sends messages that vanish without a trace -- with one important.caveat

Google acquires Emu texting and virtual assistant app

The app, created by a former VP of Apple's Siri team, adds scheduling and location functionality to text messaging

Facebook to require Messenger app for mobile chat

Users will no longer be able to send messages from Facebook's main mobile app

Encrypted instant messaging project seeks to obscure metadata aims to allow people to have online chats but leave little digital forensic evidence

New iOS app secures IM with 'post quantum' encryption

PQChat is intended as a secure alternative to WhatsApp

John McAfee promotes 'private' messaging app

The new Chadder app promises secure messaging, but it isn't ready for primetime

BBM coming to Windows Phone, Nokia X

The BlackBerry mobile messaging service will be available on the phones this summer

Facebook and WhatsApp: Another blow to user freedom

By acquiring half a billion new users, Facebook significantly increases centralization when we need more federation

Microsoft pushes ahead with Skype-Lync integration

The company will demonstrate video conference compatibility between the two products at this week's Lync Conference

Rakuten to buy instant messaging app Viber for $900 million

Viber is e-commerce giant Rakuten's latest acquisition in its aim to be the world's No. 1 Internet services company

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