is part of Interactive Networks Inc which cater to the Instant Messenger business market, you may already have seen or heard of Instan-t which is the (free) downloadable IM client that they have on offer.. if not, it's worth checking out over at instan-t.com, what's great about Instan-t is that it lets you connect to all your Yahoo!, AIM, MSN/WLM and ICQ friend, all without advertisements, spyware etcs... it's like Trillian.. just a little different... but they also offer something else thats really quite speciall.. Instan-t Express, a web based IM service, which not only lets you IM across the networks from your browser, it also supports video (webcam) and voice as well... from your browser (including FF2 and IE7)!
The first (beta) web based version of Instan-t Express was made available to the public on 3 July 2006 and since then it's improved greatly...
17 August 2006 Instan-t Express Blog entry Let the Updates Begin: Instan-t Express Build 139 Now Available
You can now:
- Change your user display name in MSN Messenger to match your mood, thoughts or to just stop being email@example.com (it was a phase, we know, we won't judge you).
- Find out whether that special contact is blatantly ignoring you or just taking a really long time to type: from now on, Instan-t Express will let you know when the user is typing something into their own IM window.
17 August 2006 Instan-t Express Blog entry “I Like My Instan-t Express as I Like My Women… Curvy”
"...Let your eyes rest on the sleeker and curvier feel granted by our new
Skin Technology or enjoy the pleasures of dragging and resizing windows
without encountering any problems. And if you're a regular Mozilla
Firefox user, your cloudy days are over – we’ve optimized Instan-t Express' look so you can IM anyone, anywhere, without having to give up on your favorite browser...."
24 January 2007 Instan-t Express Blog entry More Options, Less Bugs, Improved Browser Support: That’s What Instan-t Express Is Made Of
'...User info, personal profiles, privacy options and the ability to ignore
any user on any network; add full support for Internet Explorer 7.0 and
Firefox 2.0 and you've got the latest Instan-t Express build and all
its brand new features....'
I personally haven't had a great deal of joy with the video or voice options but to be fair I haven't actually devoted a great deal of time to resolving the issues but I've heard from many hard core voice IM'ers that Instan-t Express does in fact do a fantastic job so if you're looking for a webbased IM service that supports not only IM (text) across the networks but also video and voice then go check it out at http://express.instan-t.com or keep an eye on their blog for future updates :)