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HP and Jabber Collaborate on XML-based Enterprise Messaging

Jabber, Inc. Announces Global Agreement with HP

HP Becomes Development Partner and Global Reseller of Open-Architected Jabber, Inc. Commercial Product

Denver, CO, USA. May 27, 2003.

Jabber, Inc., the leading developer of open architecture for enterprise-and carrier-class presence-enabled communications, including instant messaging (IM), today announced that HP is now a worldwide distribution and development partner for Jabber, Inc. According to terms of the agreement, HP, already a Jabber, Inc. customer, recently completed the co-development of Jabber for the Microsoft Windows 2000 and 2003 Enterprise Servers and HP-UX platforms, and will be jointly selling Jabber on these platforms as well as the existing Linux-based platform to HP's worldwide customer base beginning in Q2 of this year. Along with joint development and resale of the Jabber, Inc. commercial server, HP will be offering end-to-end service to businesses for implementation and customization of Jabber, Inc.'s open and extensible XML-based enterprise messaging architecture.

According to the Gartner Group, instant messaging is increasingly driving enterprise communications. Beyond chat, businesses are integrating instant messaging into their enterprise applications such as enterprise directories and ERP systems.

"Industry drive toward adoption of a common IM and presence protocol is being fueled through vendor alliances," said Maurene Caplan Grey, Research Director Gartner. "The accruing value of IM and presence is at the platform layer -- supporting line-of-business and collaborative applications across multiple devices and networks."

HP's move to utilize Jabber within its services organization follows closely on the heels of Jabber, Inc.'s own announcement that it has sold and installed more than 3 million commercial seat licenses to enterprises and service providers.

The Jabber, Inc. commercial product and its open source counterpart,, are based on the eXtensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP), which ensures that all XMPP-compliant solutions can interoperate. XMPP achieved IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) Working Group status in October 2002 and is quickly moving towards full ratification. More information on XMPP is available at

"HP's agreement to co-develop, sell, and service the Jabber platform within global accounts speaks to the gathering momentum behind Jabber and XMPP as the underlying architectures that will drive the adoption of a broad range of presence-enabled applications, beginning -- not ending -- with IM." said Rob Balgley, Jabber, Inc.'s President and CEO.

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About Jabber, Inc.

Jabber, Inc. is the developer of the world's most widely used open platform for extensible instant messaging and other presence-enabled communications. Jabber Inc.'s commercial software has been sold and deployed to more than 3 million users. The Jabber Open Source project now has more than 160,000 servers in operation worldwide, and an estimated 7-10 million users. Jabber has been adopted in the telecommunications, enterprise and software development markets by customers that include France Telecom, Earthlink, Hewlett-Packard, BellSouth, webMethods, AT&T, Landmark Graphics, and Juniper Networks. Jabber, Inc.'s investors include France Telecom, Intel Capital, Intel's strategic investing arm, and Webb Interactive Services, Inc. Please see for more information.

About Webb Interactive Services, Inc.

Webb Interactive Services, located in Denver, Colorado is an investor in Jabber, Inc., a developer of the world's most widely used open platform for extensible Instant Messaging and presence management applications. Founded by and initially financed by Webb, Jabber's investors also include France Telecom Technology Investissements and Intel Capital. For more information on the Company, please visit


Jabber, Inc.
Laura Hardin
Tel: +1 303/308-3195

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See also: (1) "Jabber XML Protocol"; (2) "Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP)"; (3) "IETF Publishes Internet Drafts for XML Configuration Access Protocol (XCAP)."

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