today just released the Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 XMPP Gateway, which is available at no cost. That's right, it's free and is immediately downloadable
. The XMPP gateway allows basic presence sharing and instant messaging (IM) with Cisco Jabber and Google
Talk. OCS users can now instant message Cisco Jabber and Google Talk users.
The Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 XMPP Gateway can be downloaded here
. Also, check out this video
featuring Ashima Singhal (Senior Product Manager) and Albert Kooiman (Senior Product Manager) from the Communication Server team who discuss IM interoperability between different networks and show how the XMPP Gateway works.
Notice the different network icons (Yahoo!, AOL, Gmail/Google Talk)
Demo of Communicator client IM'ing a Google Talk user.
Some more good news - a PIC License will no longer be required for federation with American Online (AOL). Customers qualify for federation with AOL if they have Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Standard CAL or active Software Assurance on their current LCS/OCS license. Alas, customers who want Yahoo!