Enterprise instant messaging with IBM Sametime software

Chat, use voice and video, and share files or your screen

Enterprise instant messaging (IM) is often the first point of contact when reaching out to colleagues. It's a way to get a quick answer without the wait for the response to an email or phone call. And IM helps reduce telephony expenses.

IBM® Sametime® software delivers enterprise IM with enterprise security features, reliability, and scalability. Tightly integrated tools make it easy to switch communication methods as a conversation evolves.

Powerful enterprise instant messaging features

Better, more flexible collaboration

Watch a demonstration (MP4, 00:05:37, 20.3MB) of the Sametime browser chat client.

Fourteen screenshots of Sametime instant messaging  

Initiate a chat

Sametime software makes it easy to chat or to call others. Colleagues are just one click away.

>Send an offline message

Send an offline message

You can send an offline message to a chat participant

View offline messages

View offline messages

When you return online, you can receive messages that were sent to you while you were offline

Search chat histories

Search chat histories

You can search chat histories by person and view received files and links.

View business card

View business card

Find contact information on a colleague in the Sametime contact list instantly with a simple click. The business card provides contact details.

See photos of your contacts

See photos of your contacts

Photos—in the primary contacts view and in the business card—can add a face to the names of your contacts.

Chat with people who use other IM systems

Chat with people who use other IM systems

Thanks to Sametime software's federation capabilities, you can also chat with people who use Google, AOL or other enterprise IM systems.

Use rich text chat and transfer files

Use rich text chat and transfer files

Sametime software provides rich text chat, built-in file transfer, business cards, spell check, and more to reduce e-mail attachment overload.

Transfer files to one or many

Transfer files to one or many

You can use the built-in file transfer to send to one contact—or to many in a group chat

Use your computer as your phone

Use your computer as your phone

Built-in Voice over IP (VoIP) means that you can talk to your colleagues too—using your computer as your phone.

Move to a video chat

Move to a video chat

You can easily move from a text chat to a video chat. Sametime software includes video chat. All you need is a supported video camera.

Initiate a chat from other IBM software

Initiate a chat from other IBM software

Quickly chat with a colleague with one click—whether you are using IBM Notes, IBM Connections, IBM Lotus Quickr, or IBM WebSphere Portal.

Initiate a chat from Microsoft software

Initiate a chat from Microsoft software

Not just for IBM software users, Sametime software is designed to work with Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Office or Microsoft SharePoint software. For example, start a Sametime chat from Microsoft e-mail.

Start a Sametime chat from Microsoft Office Smart tags

Start a Sametime chat from Microsoft Office Smart tags

Since Sametime software can work with Microsoft Office Smart tags, you can right-click a person's name in Office and start a Sametime chat with them.

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Initiate a chat

Sametime software makes it easy to chat or to call others. Colleagues are just one click away.

Initiate a chat

Close [x]

Send an offline message

You can send an offline message to a chat participant

Send an offline message

Close [x]

View offline messages

When you return online, you can receive messages that were sent to you while you were offline

View offline messages

Close [x]

Search chat histories

You can search chat histories by person and view received files and links.

Search chat histories

Close [x]

View business card

Find contact information on a colleague in the Sametime contact list instantly with a simple click. The business card provides contact details.

View business card

Close [x]

See photos of your contacts

Photos—in the primary contacts view and in the business card—can add a face to the names of your contacts.

See photos of your contacts

Close [x]

Chat with people who use other IM systems

Thanks to Sametime software's federation capabilities, you can also chat with people who use Google, AOL or other enterprise IM systems.

Chat with people who use other IM systems

Close [x]

Use rich text chat and transfer files

Sametime software provides rich text chat, built-in file transfer, business cards, spell check, and more to reduce e-mail attachment overload.

Use rich text chat and transfer files

Close [x]

Transfer files to one or many

You can use the built-in file transfer to send to one contact—or to many in a group chat

Transfer files to one or many

Close [x]

Use your computer as your phone

Built-in Voice over IP (VoIP) means that you can talk to your colleagues too—using your computer as your phone.

Use your computer as your phone

Close [x]

Move to a video chat

You can easily move from a text chat to a video chat. Sametime software includes video chat. All you need is a supported video camera.

Move to a video chat

Close [x]

Initiate a chat from other IBM software

Quickly chat with a colleague with one click—whether you are using IBM Notes, IBM Connections, IBM Lotus Quickr, or IBM WebSphere Portal.

Initiate a chat from other IBM software

Close [x]

Initiate a chat from Microsoft software

Not just for IBM software users, Sametime software is designed to work with Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Office or Microsoft SharePoint software. For example, start a Sametime chat from Microsoft e-mail.

Initiate a chat from Microsoft software

Close [x]

Start a Sametime chat from Microsoft Office Smart tags

Since Sametime software can work with Microsoft Office Smart tags, you can right-click a person's name in Office and start a Sametime chat with them.

Start a Sametime chat from Microsoft Office Smart tags