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AOL Starts Testing Corporate IM Tool

AOL LLC has begun publicly testing AIM Pro Professional Edition, a version of its instant messaging service for corporate users. AIM Pro PE is expected to be launched in the third quarter. It was jointly developed with WebEx Communications Inc. AIM Pro PE includes stronger security than the consumer version, and integration with Microsoft Corp.'s Outlook software.

IRS CIO Leaving Post to Join NIST

Internal Revenue Service CIO W. Todd Grams is leaving to become the chief financial officer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the IRS disclosed. In an e-mail statement, Grams said he will work with NIST officials to support the president's American Competitiveness Initiative. He joined the IRS in February 2001 as CFO and was named CIO in 2003.

Microsoft Forms Interoperability Unit

Microsoft has formed a group that includes company executives and outside IT officials to discuss interoperability. The group will be led by Bob Muglia, senior vice president of Microsoft's server and tool business division, and will include CIOs and chief technology officers from Societe Generale Group, LexisNexis Group, Kohl's Department Stores Inc., and the states of Wisconsin and Delaware.

UGS Donates $1.1B In Software to China

UGS Corp. plans to donate $1.1 billion worth of its product life-cycle management software to 87 Chinese colleges and universities. Company officials said they hope to get young Chinese engineers to use the software as the country emerges as a world leader in manufacturing over the next 10 to 15 years. UGS estimated that about 45,000 students will have access to the software.

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