Yahoo Messenger enterprise edition will use Secure Sockets Layer encryption from VeriSign and work with software from FaceTime Communications and IMlogic. Licenses will be available at $30 per user, starting early next year.
Yahoo is willing to integrate its IM system with those from America Online and MSN, but Ken Hickman, director of product strategy at Yahoo enterprise solutions division, says "Full interoperability will require pressure from some of the big companies." Yahoo is the first of the three to offer an IM product for business users. An AOL spokesperson says businesses could see an enterprise IM product by year's end.