I need a recommendation on a corportate instant messenger server/client package.

Posted on 2006-05-18
Last Modified: 2008-03-06
I have a company with less than 100 users that would like an IM solution that runs in-house.  I've researched external IM solutions and don't like the security risks involved (most providers are no longer offering anyway.)  We would like a centeral server part to administrate the IM, and clients that are very basic and simple.  Also, low or no cost is very important.
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    You probably want to use a jabber-based server and IM package, then, if you want free/low cost.  

    It's hard to recommend a server since I don't know your platforms, requirements, etc, but here's some links for that:

    As for clients, I always liked either Psi ( or Exodus ( - I'd recommend trying out both and seeing which fits your business needs best. is the best starting point for information on this open-source IM system.
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    wstuph, I've seen Jabber before.  Today, Jabber is still confusing and overly burdensome, especially on non-tech savy end-users.  IM isn't really that difficult.  Jabber makes it painfully difficult.  Though it shouldn't be.  Jabber to me is frustrating in that you'd think someone would just make a server that works, and a client that just connects and works, without all the setup and config.  It should be: admin side, install server, add names, done. client side: install client, point to server, login as user, done.  It's amazing that very few jabber projects actually include both client and server.  Those that do, too often fail on one or the other side.

    bpledger, Nice program, however it's not LAN based and secure.

    I guess I need to be more specific.  The solution I'm looking for has to be server/client based only on local LAN.  The users are a non-technical background and don't want to spend the time setting up software or contacts.  Central management is a must.  Features are nice, but not needed as they add more confusion to the end-user experience.
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    Your statement is factually incorrect.  We use it here with over 25K employees and, oh yea, its secure!
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    Try this:

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    Spark is supposed to be good. You can run the central server for it inhouse and monitor it.
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    Have u tried IP Messenger?
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    by:Serafin Rusu
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    To add to what BennyM82 mentioned, I had Wildfire/Spark running for a short time.  I found it extremely easy to install Wildfire on a server (I had it on a virtual server) - and Spark (client) was as easy as any other IM client install.  It is secure.  It's based on Jabber...  Best yet - when I tried it, Wildfire and Spark were perfectly free, even for Enterprise usage.  (Unless you want tech support, or want to get source code for Spark)
    >>SPARK IM CLIENT 1.1.4

    I've worked with EIM's that have more features, but this one was great for the $[free].
    Happy hunting!
    - Mike (OB)

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