IETF Approves the Jabber Community's XMPP Protocol
IETF Approves the Jabber Community's XMPP Protocol as an Internet Standard for Instant Messaging and Presence
Denver, CO, USA. January 30, 2004.
Jabber, Inc. (www.jabber.com) today congratulated the independent Jabber Software Foundation (JSF) (www.jabber.org) for successfully guiding the core specification of the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) through the Internet Engineering Task Force's (IETF) rigorous peer-reviewed standardization process.
The JSF has been working with the IETF for just over a year to add security and internationalization features to the core Jabber protocols, which the JSF has contributed to the IETF under the name XMPP. XMPP now joins other IETF-approved protocols such as HTTP (the World Wide Web) and SMTP (email), thus positioning it as an Internet standard for instant messaging (IM) and presence. In addition, the Jabber community continues to develop specialized application protocols on top of XMPP.
XMPP is a real-time communications protocol, which allows people, devices and applications to instantly communicate and exchange streaming XML data, based upon dynamic presence and availability information. Network Computing Magazine recently recognized XMPP as a "2004 Standard to Watch."
"The contributions from the thousands of individuals involved in the Jabber community made this process look simple," said Peter Saint Andre, executive director of the Jabber Software Foundation. "IETF approval is crucial because it demonstrates to the Internet community that XMPP is a proven technology, an open and interoperable standard, and one that is being rapidly adopted."
"IETF approval is a cause for celebration throughout the Jabber community," said Tony Bamonti, acting-president of Jabber, Inc. "Jabber, Inc. wants to congratulate the Jabber Software Foundation for scoring a major victory for the cause of interoperable instant messaging."
About Jabber, Inc.
Jabber, Inc. is the developer of Jabber XCP, an XMPP-based commercial software platform for building enterprise- and carrier-grade presence-enabled services and instant messaging systems. Jabber XCP is in use by more than 4 million licensed users, representing hundreds of organizations worldwide. Jabber, Inc., a Network Computing Magazine "2004 Company to Watch", counts France Telecom, Hewlett-Packard, EDS, BellSouth, Lehman Brothers, Sony Corporation, CapWIN, Netsize, AT&T, and Juniper Networks amongst its customers. Jabber, Inc.'s investors include France Telecom (NYSE:FTE - News), Intel Capital, Intel's strategic investing arm, and Webb Interactive Services, Inc. (OTCBB:WEBB - News). Please see www.jabber.com for more information.
Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See details in the 2004-01-30 news story "IESG Approves XMPP Instant Messaging and Presence Core Specification." General references in "Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP)."