-up with security"> Microsoft, on the other hand, was the first to make security core to its IM offering. ICQ is playing catch-up with security, Enderle said, by offering better spim (spam over instant messaging) control, which allows users to receive "accept/cancel" options for inbound messages from unknown ICQ users directly within their active message windows.Addressing security issues is particularly important for ICQ, which was one of the first IM services to endure a major security breach in 2001, when hundreds of pages of ICQ instant messaging logs from the CEO of an Internet company were posted on the Internet. ICQ 5 offers other new features as well, including new designs to personalize the ICP Contact List; the ability to access standard or premium ICQ e-mail accounts with one click to the ICQ Xtrax panel; a status manager to create personal online status messages; full screen game support; and dual screen support. Next up for the IM industry, Enderle said, should be a way to tie all IM services together, much the way e-mail is tied together today. "Unlike e-mail, where it doesnt matter which e-mail client you have, you have to pretty much be on the IM product the other person is using, particularly if you want to use advanced features," he said. "The killer feature would be a product that works universally or works well enough that it becomes the de facto standard." Check out eWEEK.coms for more on IM and other collaboration technologies.
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