Five IM systems built for the enterprise

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This gallery is also available as a post in the Five Apps Blog.

In this edition of Five Apps, we take a look at five instant messaging systems that are designed to be used within a private corporate network.  These systems are generally client-server based (with one exception), have various feature sets, and are priced by client, by server, both, or – in one case – free.  Be sure to take a look at the Five Apps article for more details and pricing on these five systems.

The BigAnt Instant Messenger server console is fairly plain, but don't let that dissuade you.  Beneath the hood is a fairly customizable, text, voice, and video chat system with several administrator-friendly options such as Active Directory import and message logging.

Screenshot of BigAnt Console by Wally Bahny for TechRepublic