Computer Tips - Why should I use Jabber / XMPP?

Date: 2007oct16
Product: Jabber / XMPP

Q. Why should I use Jabber / XMPP?

A. Jabber is an instant messaging system.
Jabber has many benefits over MSN and other IM networks:

    * Open/published/sane protocol (hey, its XML)
    * Protocol is an IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) standard
    * No single owner
    * Many clients and servers means no lock-in
    * Since its open, programmers have and can build add-ons
    * Group chat, user directory are installed and working. Other cool features available.
    * Each company can run a server -- like email
    * Each company's servers can talk -- like email
    * No advertising banners
    * No spam messages
    * Less chance of eavesdropping (SSL to server and end-to-end PGP available)
    * No logging of messages... guaranteed
    * When you are in your company's office the server is very close -- not in Redmond, WA -- fast!
    * Only a few users on your server so you don't have to be joe3455. Pick any id you want.
    * Virus free. (Unlike MSN)
    * You know its the right thing to do 

There is a Jabber server <--> Microsoft Network (MSN) gateway but it is not
presently installed here. If you want to chat with people on MSN and Jabber
please try a multi-protocol client.