The new solution, with Live Communications Server 2005, will help people — for example, those working remotely or from locked-down computers or non-Windows® operating systems — stay in touch with key colleagues, partners and customers to handle time-sensitive requests and make business decisions more quickly. In addition, Communicator Web Access, with the Live Communications Server 2005 Public IM Connectivity offering, enables enterprise-grade connectivity to the MSN®, AOL and Yahoo! public IM services.
Communicator Web Access has an easy-to-use, familiar interface that is based on the desktop version of the client, Microsoft Office Communicator 2005, and can easily be added into existing infrastructures, requiring minimal support from IT administrators. Once it is deployed, users need only open their Web browser, point it to a specified Web site address and enter their credentials to access Communicator Web Access.
The interoperability and the ability of a browser based IM client to play in hetergeneous environments is an obvious plus for business environments.