As I'm sure you're aware, there's all sorts of options, depending on if you want Peer to
Peer, encryption, collaboration features, and if you're prepared to pay.
Microsoft-wise there's Office Communications Server coupled with the Office Communicator
which is a very nice solution. However, it's probably overkill for what you're trying to do
and certainly isn't free.
Another option of course is to setup a Jabber server and use your choice of Jabber clients
(of which there are plenty).
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"Roveer" <roveer@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> We've got a very small shop (4 users) who need to IM to each other. I
> installed a very simple IM server (12planet) and they have 2 very
> simple IM clients. One is java based and one is a litter better as it
> will minimize to the system tray (just about perfect for us). The
> only thing lacking is there is no sound in these IM clients.
> Every time I download and install an IM client that I think would be
> good it will only connect to a public IM service AIM yahoo MSN etc.
> There does not seem to be a way to get them to work on my LAN with my
> IM server software which uses ports 1863 and 1864.
> Are there any good IM clients which will allow me to connect just
> internally to my IM server?