Unified Communications: SHAPE release IM+ Web Messenger
IM+ Web Messenger, which has been in beta since August, has been publicly released, according to an announcement made by SHAPE Services, the company behind IM+. The messenger allows users to log in and chat with contacts from MSN Live Messenger, Facebook, Skype, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, AIM, ICQ, MySpace, and Jabber. The users can stay connected to friends, family and business contacts anytime, anywhere and from any mobile device or computer.
IM+ is considered to be the most feature rich mobile instant messaging app available today as its aggregates all popular social networks and support of all mobile platforms, including iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Java, Symbian, WebOS and Windows Mobile. The release of Web version is a natural expanding of this cross platform IM software.
In order to get started with IM+ Web Messenger, users have the option to sign up for a free IM+ account for keeping settings of all configured accounts and making future sign-ins easier. Moreover, the chat history on this messenger may be stored in an online archive and can be accessed from mobile or Web, regardless of where the message was sent from.
While using any version of IM+, the users can maintain multiple accounts of the same network simultaneously, and can easily separate their professional and private chats. This is not currently possible with Facebook that irrevocably blurs the line between business and personal communication.
"Most companies have a web project or desktop software first. Then some of them port the software to mobile. SHAPE is going another way: being a mobile company, we transfer our success and user loyalty to the desktop world," said Elena Dyatlova, the company's public relations manager, in a press release. "When Facebook and Google fight for a name of an all-in-one communication hub, we think there's a demand for IM+ as a third party super-aggregator."
SHAPE plans to release versions for Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry PlayBook, Android Tablets in the coming months; support of Facebook Messages and mobile video chats is also in company's nearest plans.
Rahul Arora is a unified communications contributor. He has worked as an editor and freelance writer for several reputed organizations in India. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Jaclyn Allard