You can use Exchange to provide real-time collaboration services for your users. Exchange provides Instant Messaging capabilities as well as Chat Service.
Microsoft Exchange 2000 Instant Messaging Service is a
You can use Instant Messaging to communicate both within an organization and with other Exchange organizations on the Internet. The MSN Messenger client integrates Instant Messaging communities with the large Hotmail community by allowing users to have contacts from the Exchange Instant Messaging Service and contacts from the MSN Messenger Service on the same contact list.
By using Chat Service, users can join live discussion forums, or
chat rooms. Chat room discussions cover a broad range of topics and
can be ongoing, spontaneous, public, or private. Chat rooms are
An Exchange server can host several chat communities, each serving a different business organization or public interest. Chat communities are of particular benefit to the ISP that wants to offer a full-featured and secure chat service to its subscribers.
Exchange 2000 Chat Service is based on Internet Relay Chat (IRC) defined in Request for Comment (RFC) 1459, an industry standard client-server protocol that supports real-time conversation between two or more users over a TCP/IP network.
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