Messaging goes interoperable

Wireless Village has announced the release of the Wireless Village version 1.0 specifications which will enable interoperability of mobile instant messaging and presence services (IMPS).

Wireless Village, the initiative sponsored by Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia, and over 100 other Supporters has announced the release of the Wireless Village version 1.0 specifications, which will enable interoperability of mobile instant messaging and presence services (IMPS).

The Wireless Village version 1.0 specifications are aimed at promoting universal interoperability between mobile- and fixed-network instant messaging and presence services.

Products and services compliant with the Wireless Village specifications will offer consumers mobile freedom by providing interoperable mobile instant messaging and presence functions on wireless devices.

Consumers will be able to view presence information, share content, send instant messages including multimedia, and join in community chats on their mobile terminals regardless of time or place. Presence information greatly enhances the utility of instant messaging because it can keep track of the online status and availability of the user’s chat partners or friends.

Interoperability will be possible via mobile phones, mobile computing devices and desktop applications through independent application protocols, leveraging such transports as SMS, WAP, and HTTP, regardless of platform or manufacturer. These open specifications will enable device manufacturers, application developers, wireless operators, and portal operators to introduce commercial Wireless Village compliant products and services beginning in 2002.

‘This specification gives us the ability to give our customers what they want – interoperability,’ said Mike Bordelon, corporate vice president and general manager of Motorola’s Internet Software and Content Group.’

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