Yahoo Messenger Federation

At the end of December 2011, IBM lost its license agreement with Yahoo! Messenger to offer federation between IBM Sametime and Yahoo! Messenger. In September of 2012, Microsoft announced that Lync Public IM Connectivity (PIC) for Yahoo! Messenger was no longer available for purchase for new or renewing agreements and the Microsoft service shut down completely in June 2014.

This has put companies that offer Yahoo! federation for their end-users in a tough spot. This is especially true in highly regulated companies, such as banks and energy companies, where Yahoo! Messenger is a fairly common tool among energy traders. If companies still want their employees to communicate with the Yahoo! Messenger community, they need to allow them to download and install Yahoo! Messenger on their desktops. This, however, is not acceptable to the network IT security groups.

The NextPlane UC Exchange Yahoo Federation Service provides a secure, reliable and scalable federation service between Yahoo Messenger and NextPlane nCore, Microsoft Office® 365, Skype for Business, Lync 2013 and 2010, OCS 2007; Cisco WebEx Messenger, Unified Communication Manager IM and Presence Service, and Jabber XCP; IBM Sametime; Unify OpenScape®; BroadSoft UC-One®; GENBAND EXPERiUS; and OpenFire.

With the UC Exchange Yahoo! Federation Service, end-users can easily add colleagues on Yahoo! Messenger to their UC client contact list, share presence, custom presence, and exchange instant messages with their Yahoo! contacts, regardless of device or location, as if they are on the same platform.

The collaboration is seamless irrespective of device or location and functions as if all users are communicating from the same platform.

UC Exchange policy enforcement features give you control over users and the type of traffic that should be allowed or denied.

UC Exchange allows you to set up customizable disclaimer messages that can be displayed at the beginning of every chat session.