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WANTED: Instant messaging software

We are looking for an instant messaging software for our team network that is not web based.  We want the ability to send instant messages from one another on a Windows plateform (I personally use a Mac with Parallels and XP Pro).  We need something that is very quick so that when we have a phone call on the line our call coordinator can send a fast message saying "Judi, Home Buyer Bill Jones is calling about XYZ home for sale".  We used to have an instant message software 5 years ago called winpopup or winpop which and this program worked great and was part of an older Windows version. 

I see a tremendous value in getting this instant messaging system up and running again.  I want to be clear that this program does not have to be free but it does need the ability to send a group message to all users on my office network or an individual team member from a pull down menu.  Your help and suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Comment balloon 19 commentsSam Miller • September 25 2007 06:42PM

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My office uses Yahoo! Messenger

the nice feature is that you can do a little download that will allow you to use it on a Blackberry... and many new cell phones and other Smartphones have it already built in...

I would stay away from AOL IM...

Skype is good as well... you can use webcams and mics to do very nice video conferences

Skype is actually probably a better all around program but Yahoo! Messenger is already on most phones.

 

Posted by David A. Podgursky PA, THE PODGURSKY GROUP - Make the Right Move! (THE PODGURSKY GROUP @ Re/Max Direct) over 10 years ago
Hi David, Thanks for your recommendations and I appreciate you wanting to help me.  I am wanting to use a software that is not web based.  Do you know of anyting like this?
Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) over 10 years ago

Sam - you said that you have a windows basd network?  Do you all connect through a server?  Either way there is windows messenger that needs to be going on all workstations.  Then the command that could be entered would be from the command line - Start, Run - in the format "net send <username> message".  It all depends on what usernames are being used to login to either workstations or the network. 

So I guess the short answer is - yes, you should already have it on your network.

Posted by Matthew Rosov, Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist (Amerisave Mortgage Corporation) over 10 years ago

Matthew, Thanks for the information.  We are all running XP Pro SP2.  We has WinPop running previously which I am hoping runs similar to what you are describing.  I will look into your suggestion tomorrow.  Thanks a bunch and I hope this does the trick.  I'm Smiling Sam Miller Tonight!

Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) over 10 years ago

Sam - For a bit more detail information, check out the following link - http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/net_send.mspx?mfr=true

Don't hesitate to ask if you would like further input (might as well make some use of my former IT background) ;-)

Posted by Matthew Rosov, Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist (Amerisave Mortgage Corporation) over 10 years ago
Thanks Matthew.  I will forward your recommendation to my computer tech and we will give this a try.  I seriously appreciate your help.
Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) over 10 years ago
Why do you want to use something that is non-web based?    IM is an interesting technology that you can link to all kinds of things if it is web based - I'm sure you have a good reason, just not sure what it would be.
Posted by Chris Pollinger, Consulting for Luxury Teams and Brokerages (Berman & Pollinger, LLC.) over 10 years ago

Chris - Every team member who works with me has 2 computers including admin level team members.  One computer runs Top Producer 6I and MS Office and the 2nd computers are strictly for e-mail and internet each running on their own network.  We are keeping the web off our top producer machines except for the server.  No virus issues, no spyware issues, no hacker issues was my goal when setting up dual systems because I want to keep my data secure.  I have a back door internet connection for the server so I can connect to Top Producer while I am away from the office and while I am traveling.  Hope this helps.

 

Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) over 10 years ago
May I suggest Pidgin? It's a free, open source, multi-protocol Instant Messaging client that allows you to use all of your IM accounts at once: AIM, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, Groupwise, ICQ, IRC, MSN, MySpaceIM, QQ, SILC, SIMPLE, Sametime, XMPP, Yahoo! & Zephyr. You can download it here: http://www.pidgin.im/ ... No, I don't work for Google (from whence it sprang) but I've been using it. It's remarkable and trouble free.

 

Posted by Chuck & Lucy Willman www.TheHouseBuzz.com, TheHouseBuzz (www.TheHouseBuzz.com) over 10 years ago
I am only here to read, I have no valid input on this. But if I may ask Chuck, how do they all work at once. Do you enter a message and it figures out where to send it?
Posted by Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate (Joe Manausa Real Estate) over 10 years ago
I am only here to read, I have no valid input on this. But if I may ask Chuck, how do they all work at once. Do you enter a message and it figures out where to send it?
Posted by Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate (Joe Manausa Real Estate) over 10 years ago
Chuck, I appreciate your suggestions but I am guessing that the IM's you are mentioning are all web based and I am looking for a non web based system and I am wanting a software based system that will run over my network which specifically was built without internet access for added security.
Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) over 10 years ago

Chuck - Pidgin is just like Trillian it puts all of them together through one program, however web-based and has limited features opposed to the actual messenger individually.

 

Sam -  Try out  Softros LAN Messenger  Softros Messenger correctly identifies and works under Windows NT/2000/XP limited user accounts (without administrative privileges).   

 Download Softros LAN messenger

Features include:

  • Peer-to peer messaging.
    All message exchanges are protected by a strong traffic encryption algorithm.
  • Terminal Services support.
    Microsoft/Citrix Terminal Services environment and Windows XP fast user switching support using Softros Terminal Service Engine add-on.
  • User grouping.
    Arrange your colleagues in groups by business departments or titles.
  • Does not require an Internet connection.
    It works inside your LAN or WAN, saving your Internet bandwidth and allowing you to minimize firewall openings that could allow outside attacks and IM worms.
  • Windows Vista support.
  • Multilanguage user interface.
    Use Softros LAN Messenger in your native language.
  • Does not require a local server
  • Administration settings
  • File transfers 

Posted by Arizona Real Estate Associate Broker (MR Realty) over 10 years ago
Candace, Thanks for the detailed message and the details.  This may be a solid option for me and it sounds like it will work on a computer network that is not connected to the internet which is my primary goal.   
Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) over 10 years ago

Sure Thing Sam. Let us know what your IT guy says and if this platform will work for what you are looking for. 

Posted by Arizona Real Estate Associate Broker (MR Realty) over 10 years ago

http://www.download.com/3120-20_4-0.html?tg=dl-20&qt=lan%20instant%20messaging&tag=srch

 

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Posted by Chuck Benedon (Lender Rate Match, LLC) over 10 years ago
well, I'll just throw in my two cents here after the masses have commented already.  But I agree with anyone who recommended skype, its what my company uses and it has a lot of great features.  
Posted by Stephen Joos & Chris Brubaker- HouseFront (HouseFront) over 10 years ago
Out of curiosity - did any of our suggestions work out for you?
Posted by Matthew Rosov, Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist (Amerisave Mortgage Corporation) over 10 years ago
Matthew - We are actually looking into 2 of the options mentioned which are software based.  I will report back once I have one of them up and running.  I am excited about getting this feature up and running again because it was very useful when we had it running on our older network years ago. 
Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) over 10 years ago

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