Jabber is an easy-to-administer desktop instant messaging client.
Jabber Messenger supports secure, encrypted instant messaging (IM).
Jabber is an easy-to-administer desktop instant messaging client. Simplifies enterprise instant messaging (EIM) by packaging all required technology in a safe application. It is also is the most advanced and customizable multi-user chat with high flexible capabilities in the industry.
Jabber is an open-source instant messaging platform that uses open, XML-based protocols to create the standard functionality people expect of an IM system: one-to-one chat, multi-user chat, the ability to subscribe to someone else's presence. Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) is an open-standard communications protocol for message-oriented middleware based on Extensible Markup Language (XML).
Jabber users can IM with individuals or broadcast a message. They can create and invite others to virtual online conference rooms, providing a forum for group discussion and decision making. Through integration with Microsoft NetMeeting, users can launch collaborative applications such as whiteboarding and application sharing.
Jabber is not a multi-protocol IM client, so if all you want to do is chat with your friends on AIM, ICQ, MSN, and Yahoo, you may be better off using something like Trillian or Gaim (which also support Jabber).
Which Jabber client is best for you depends on which operating system you run, what your needs are, and to some extent what IM systems you've used before. Some clients are more stable than others, some offer more features, some are more similar to AIM or ICQ or MSN.
One of Jabber's many cool features is the ability to engage in a discussion with many people at once (groupchat). And you're not limited to the chatrooms on the server you registered with - you can join chatrooms on servers all over the Jabber network.
Jabber Messenger can be branded and customized to meet the specific needs of an organization. Add a company logo, insert an ad, integrate custom buttons, or add content tabs to give IM users access to current information.
Guide to Running Jabber:
1 - Download a free client and install and start it.
2 - If you have an existing account at a Jabber-enabled service like Google Talk (Gmail) or Live Journal, you can log in using that account. If you don't have an existing Jabber account, log in to one of the many free Jabber services using your preferred username and your client will automatically create the account.
3 - Log in and start chatting with others on the Jabber network
Auto-creation of accounts does not work for iChat! You must use another client such as Adium, Psi, or Spark to create your account. After that you can log in with iChat.