At last! Today is a big day for our team and AOL as we proudly announce the "Open AIM" platform at http://developer.aim.com. In addition to our AIM Presence web service, we are now offering the AIM SDK to all developers. With the AIM SDK, developers can write plugins for the AIM Triton and AIM Pro clients, or write their very own custom AIM clients.
The full functionality of the AIM network is exposed in the AIM SDK – it’s the same robust and performant libraries that AIM Triton and AIM Pro are built on top of. Both plugins and custom clients have easy access to presence, text messaging, SMS, voice, video, security services, and much more. And it’s being made available through a very flexible license – it’s free to use for non-commercial and limited commercial use (up to 250,000 users per day).
The JAMS source code, and other sample code, is included in the SDK. And there is extensive documentation, so it’s easy to get started.
Why are we doing this? We think that we can offer developers the best IM platform, by combining the AIM network’s extensive reach (63 million active users) with the power of our AIM SDK and web services – and that puts us at a real competitive advantage.
We’re really excited to be launching this first version of the AIM SDK, but also have a lot more in store that just couldn’t make it into the 1.0 release. We’ll be offering a number of new features, plus support for more languages and platforms in future versions of the SDK. Show us what you can do!