UK-based ISP (Internet service provider) Freeserve announced a licensing deal today, with instant messaging software publisher Tribal Voice.

Under the terms of the agreement, Freeserve will make Tribal Voice's instant messaging client software available to its users, the company said in a statement. To be called Freeserve Communicator, the software will be compatible with other instant messaging platforms, including America Online's Instant Messenger and ICQ, as well as Microsoft's MSN Messenger Service.

Financial details of the agreement were not available.

Set to be launched by the end of the year, real-time chat software will be offered for free, and will be able to run without a browser. The platform will also include password protection, a buddy list and group chat capabilities, Freeserve said.

Founded in 1994 by anti-virus software veteran John McAfee, Tribal Voice has already licensed its PowWow instant messaging software to ISPs such as AT&T’s WorldNet.

Instant messaging, an increasingly popular form of Internet communication, has drawn media attention lately as companies decide
whether to give users of rival messaging services access to their own systems. Discussions are now underway among vendors to create a standard format for messaging systems.
UK-based ISP (Internet service provider) Freeserve announced a licensing deal today, with instant messaging software publisher Tribal Voice.

Under the terms of the agreement, Freeserve will make Tribal Voice's instant messaging client software available to its users, the company said in a statement. To be called Freeserve Communicator, the software will be compatible with other instant messaging platforms, including America Online's Instant Messenger and ICQ, as well as Microsoft's MSN Messenger Service.

Financial details of the agreement were not available.

Set to be launched by the end of the year, real-time chat software will be offered for free, and will be able to run without a browser. The platform will also include password protection, a buddy list and group chat capabilities, Freeserve said.

Founded in 1994 by anti-virus software veteran John McAfee, Tribal Voice has already licensed its PowWow instant messaging software to ISPs such as AT&T’s WorldNet.

Instant messaging, an increasingly popular form of Internet communication, has drawn media attention lately as companies decide
whether to give users of rival messaging services access to their own systems. Discussions are now underway among vendors to create a standard format for messaging systems.