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Multiple automatic Instant Messenger protocol bridge
Invite both users with different instant messenger to chat with each other by bridging the two clients together. This assumes that the common user has both instant messenger protocols installed on their system and he bridges the two clients by several methods.
Common user C is chatting with user S using instant messenger protocol which we will call Sametime. Common user C is also chatting with another user M using instant messenger protocol which we will call Windows Messenger. User S does not have Windows Messenger and User M does not have Sametime and they all want to chat with each other. User C bridges User S and M into a conference type environment. All three users can then chat with each other without the need for common instant messenger protocol installation. See diagram below:
Windows Messenger Windows
This can be accomplished in the following three embodiments:
Option 1 - User C creates a new window and leverages a screen scraping technology from one protocol and merges it with the other protocol.
Option 2 - User C creates a new windows and simply automatically cut and paste from both protocols into a common window.
Option 3 - User C leverages a protocol like Trillian that is already aware of multiple instant messenger protocols and connects multiple protocols into a conference room type window.