Net Meeting or an alternative.

Sup all. So my company has gotten back from their annual retreat and they now want to be able to get in touch with each other using something like INstant Messenger. INstant messenger capabilites would be perfect but we dont want everyone here running that for obvious reasons.  Im testing out net meeting which isnt that bad, but Im not sure if there is an away message feature which is something they want . We will be running on 2000 an xp pro machines.  Since we are getting another bldg built they would like something running so they can see if people are at there desks and where they are if they are away. They also want to be bale to use video as well, which I see is possible in net meeting. Well if anyone has used net meeting or any other program for this please let me know.  Seems a little silly to me but thats what they want, so I must provide.
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tosh9iiiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You can try something simple like Windows Messenger:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/messenger/features.asp
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JSunnConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Does it need to be freeware or can it be a licensed solution? If money isn't really an issue I will suggest IBM's Lotus Sametime Corporate messenging client. Its an excellent corporate chat program  that allows users to conduct meetings, share applications / screensharing like Netmeeting, video messaging, status screens and more. Here is a link to the page on IBM's site http://www.lotus.com/products/product3.nsf/wdocs/homepage
Let me know if this helps! Good Luck!
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emilbus20Author Commented:
Cool looks good. I would like to find some freeware that someone out there has used.  The lotus is a little pricy.  Wonder if there is a way to limit AOL IM to only internal use.   Still looking any advice is appreciated thanks.
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JSunnCommented:
emilbus20,
Not a whole lot of free IM clients out there that have free corporate licensing, in fact none that I know of unless you use Netmeeting, or a few linux client apps. Sametime is definitely worth the money and has way more features than Netmeeting. However if its a free app you're looking for then Netmeeting would be the one. Hope this helps!
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bluelipConnect With a Mentor Commented:
check out www.jabber.org and www.jabber.com.

This product is great for internal use and also has 'gateways' that can be installed for communicating w/ ICQ, AIM, yahoo, MSN, etc.

Multiple operating systems are supported.
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