Jabber, Inc. announced the immediate availability of JabberNow, a plug-and-play appliance that delivers compliant, secure, and extensible enterprise instant messaging (EIM) in 15 minutes or less. Targeted to smaller workgroups who internally and often externally collaborate on time-sensitive, mission-critical information, Jabber, Inc. expects initial traction for JabberNow within the financial services, manufacturing, legal, consulting and government information chains. Based on the Jabber Extensible Communications Platform (Jabber XCP), JabberNow federates (securely connects and authenticates) with the majority of instant messaging (IM) and presence networks used by financial institutions, manufacturers, governments and consumers. In its standard configuration, JabberNow is natively interoperable with any other Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) server, works with any XMPP client, including mobile clients and the Macromedia Flash-based Jabber, Inc. client that ships with JabberNow. Available add-ons include the AIM Gateway from Jabber, Inc., SIP/SIMPLE Gateway, Short Message Service (SMS) Gateway, software development kits (SDKs), message archiving, and LDAP integration. Sold directly through the jabber.com Web site as well as through channel partners, JabberNow can support up to 1,000 users with prices starting at $2,495 for 25 users.