Microsoft IM release expected soon | CNET News.com: "Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is expected to take the wraps off Istanbul, the company's new instant messaging and real-time communications client, in a few weeks.
The software giant sent invitations to journalists and other insiders this week for a March 8 event in San Francisco, during which Gates will 'unveil Microsoft's new and revolutionary real-time collaboration offerings.'
A Microsoft spokesman said he couldn't specify that Istanbul would be the subject of the event, but the software has been widely touted as Microsoft's next major move in real-time communications. Istanbul is an internal code name. Microsoft has not said what the program might be called when it's ready for formal release. "