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We have a need to be able to do video chatting between Mac OS X (10.4, 10.5 and 10.6) and Windows XP machines.  Below is our setup:

Windows 2003 R2 Active Directory
Apple XServe 10.5.8 with iChat Server installed
OpenFire Jabber server

Obviously, iChat server enables OS X clients to video chat... and OpenFire with the Spark client plus the Red5 plug-in enables video chats for Windows machines.

Unfortunately, I have not found a Windows client that allows Video via the iChat Server... and I have not found a WORKING Video chat client to use with OS X.  I cannot get the Red5 plug-in to work with Spark for OS X or the web interface and the forums support that issue with no know resolution.

We cannot use a public service - no AIM, no GoogleTalk, no Yahoo... it *has* to be in-house.
So my question is this... what do we do?  How do we make this work?  If what we have will not do it.. then what will?  We are not against spending money on a solution, but is has to work... period.  I am a bit shocked that there is NO Windows client that interfaces with an iChat server and provides video...
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Thank you for the suggestion but I've already read that potential solution.  It focuses on the clients logging in to AOL, not Jabber so it's not useful.
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Have you thought about an internal implementation of a microsoft based product for which there is an open source/macintosh client app?

Also, I think skype offer an enterprise service which (if they do) works flawlessly across all platforms (linux too...)
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roylong -- Skype would be perfect if they had an enterprise server product but if they do I cannot find it.
We have discussed something like Microsoft OCS but that price tag does not fit into our budget.  If there is a smaller Microsoft solution please let me know!
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What about Adobe Connect - which is browser based (kind of).  It uses its own java client app, launched from a web browser and can be run either internally or as a service from Adobe.

You also have the likes of webex which is pretty similar, but only hosted.

I think onsync is also multi-platform and device independent (not had any experience of this solution though and not sure if its hosted or on-site).

Skype are doing some funky stuff with their solution - might be worth contacting someone to see if they can get around the issues you have for not using their service::

http://www.skype.com/intl/en-gb/business/products/software/
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It directred me to the answer but was not the answer in and of itself.
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