Formicary Leads the way in Delivering Group Chat to Remote Users, Clients and Partners

    - Secure Web-based, Formicary WebChat Brings Microsoft Office
    Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat to On-the-road Employees,
    Vendors, Clients and Business Partners

    LONDON, Aug. 4 /CNW/ - Formicary Limited, a Microsoft Corp. gold
certified partner, has announced the launch of the world's first secure
web-based, real-time reach chat client designed specifically to extend and
complement the powerful features of Microsoft Office Communications Server
2007 Release 2 Group Chat.
    Until now, organisations were severely limited in their ability to extend
Group Chat to reach-only users, i.e. people who are unable to access the
Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat client. "Group Chat delivers
efficient group information sharing and discussions by allowing users to have
topic-based, multi-party discussions that persist over time," explained Philip
Miller, Director of Intelligent Collaboration Group, Formicary Ltd. "Office
Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat brought several new features
including the ability to federate the Office Communications Server
installations of different companies together for business to business
collaboration and provide VPN-less access for mobile users. Now with our
WebChat, we further extend Office Communications Server Group Chat
capabilities to users that require web-based access only."
    Formicary WebChat addresses this increasingly important business
requirement by extending Group Chat capabilities to internal and external
users. Delivering a fully interactive environment and supporting persistent
contextual history, Formicary WebChat can be accessed via any major web
browser and does not require ActiveX or any other installation - making it
ideal for secure, real time online discussions from anywhere and at any time.
Additionally, Formicary WebChat can be fully customised according to
individual business needs and features the same functionality as Office
Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat client.
    Supplied as a complete web based client or as a modular component tool
kit, Formicary WebChat can be embedded within individual portals or used as a
Group Chat web client to improve business relationships by providing better
service and faster response times. "Formicary WebChat was developed following
a request from one of our Investment Banking clients and due to demand, is now
also available for integration into portals including Microsoft Office
SharePoint Server 2007," continued Philip Miller.
    Commenting on Formicary's involvement with Microsoft, Jon Morrow, senior
program manager for the Unified Communications Group - Partner Engineering at
Microsoft Corp. said: "Formicary has been working diligently with Microsoft to
ensure smooth client migration to the new Group Chat feature in Office
Communications Server 2007 R2 and we are pleased that they have looked into
extending the feature to reach-only users, both internal and external, which
will help to further improve productivity by helping organisations build
stronger, more valuable relationships from the efficiencies that Group Chat
    Formicary's long successful involvement with Parlano's MindAlign
(Microsoft acquired Parlano in 2007) has earned them the status of "go-to"
partner for implementation and upgrade from MindAlign to Office Communications
Server 2007 R2 Group Chat. From these long term relationships, Formicary has
amassed substantial design and development expertise including compliance
monitoring software tools, add on bots/agents to enhance user experience, and
deployment, migration, and maintenance services.
    For customers looking to migrate from their current environment or
implement the new Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat, Formicary
WebChat can also be used to enhance migration and extend the value of Group
Chat - please contact for further information and

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