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Best Instant Messaging for a company

I've been requested to look into an Instant Messaging system for our office.  I'd like some opinions from the Experts.  Money is a big consideration so it must be cheap.
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J.R. Sitman
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yash_varmaCommented:
Microsoft Office Communication Server 2007 R2 Standard, if you want it on premise.

If you are looking out for a cheaper alternative, you can try microsoft online services with the latest lync server in the package with free 24/7 support.. I guess it amounts to $10 a user per month.

http://www.microsoft.com/online/
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daveTechSearchCommented:
Can you provide more details?
# of users?
are you only concerned with IM?  Do you need to be able to collaborate (share documents, etc)?
A free product that looked good when I reviewed it (if IM and audio/video capabilities are all you require):
http://www.officesip.com/sip-server.html
This is a freeware product.
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J.R. SitmanAuthor Commented:
58 total users, but all won't need the IM.  Don't need any feature except IM.  

I'll look at your link and post later.
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tiago_avizCommented:
Go open-source! Use spark messenger and at the server out openfire. It can even integrate with msn accounts, log conversations, block contacts and much more!
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cdesignerCommented:
Try this -
http://bit.ly/9cAk7j
Very easy and flexible + special business features..
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ujitnosCommented:
I would suggest MS communicator.
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andgreenCommented:
I can suggest LAN messenger http://messenger.softros.com
You can try free trial for 30 days

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J.R. SitmanAuthor Commented:
I'll check the suggestions out and post later.

Thanks
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stefriCommented:
hi all
skype is nice too.
instant conversation, desktop sharing, voice and video
stefri
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J.R. SitmanAuthor Commented:
I forgot about Skype.  Can that be used free at a business?
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stefriCommented:
Jump to http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/business/ for business solution
Otherwise, as individual, I guess you are able to use skype
stefri
PS: in my company, we are using Microsoft Office communicator (7000 employees around the world)
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ujitnosCommented:
Yes u can use skype, go through the attached doc to see how u can confgure skype for business in  a secured way.
skype-it-administrators-guide.pdf
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J.R. SitmanAuthor Commented:
These two choices are best for our budget.

Thanks to all.
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