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Microsoft Adds IM to Microsoft Office System

Microsoft's upcoming release of its enterprise Instant Messaging (IM) system has a new name. The product, which was code-named Greenwich, is now called Microsoft Office Real-Time Communications (RTC) Server 2003. The add-on for Windows Server 2003 was originally expected to be part of the OS but wasn't finished in time to ship with the final release of Windows 2003. RTC Server offers enterprise-level IM services based on industry-standard protocols. The server is now considered part of Microsoft's newly formed Microsoft Office System, which also includes Office 2003, Microsoft Visio 2003, and SharePoint Portal Server 2003.

Microsoft hasn't determined licensing and pricing for the new product, which it expects to ship in third quarter 2003. RTC Server is one of many add-on products the company expects to ship in upcoming months for Windows 2003.

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