28 mln enterprise instant messaging users worldwide, 1 bln messages daily

According to IDC study of the worldwide enterprise instant messaging (EIM) applications market and leading vendors, the value, necessity, and use of instant messaging (IM) applications for business use will continue to increase at least through 2009. Riding a wave of media attention, hype and new product releases, the worldwide enterprise instant messaging market, which includes both instant messaging server products as well as enterprise instant messaging security, compliance, and management products, jumped 37% in terms of YTY revenue in 2004, and is expected to grow from $315 mln in 2005 to $736 mln in 2009. With more than 28 mln business users worldwide using enterprise instant messaging products to send nearly 1 bln messages each day in 2005.