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The IM Project Page Has Vanished

Wednesday April 21st, 1999

The IM Project page has been taken down at the request of Netscape. Netscape was the contributor of the Instant Messaging API document, and they have taken it down pending further review. As far as we can tell, there is nothing more to the story at this point. We'll let you know when the page comes back online.


#26 Re:The IM Project Page Has Vanished

by Brasten Sager <brasten@earthling.net>

Thursday April 22nd, 1999 10:11 PM

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While Mozilla shouldn't divert any significant resources to the idea until the basic browser is done, I think that the integrated ICQ, IRC, IM, etc etc is a great idea, for one major reason. That being that it's something cool and catchy that might make someone want to download the thing. In a world were IE is available off the shelf and people are less inclined to download a browser, Mozilla needs to be sure they can still attract the largest following. We are, after all, in a browser war, where #'s of users counts, and we can no longer depend on the smart people who use Netscape, because there are increasingly more stupid people who use whatever they're given unless something cooler is out there.

On a side note, a bet the next minor release to IE will contain an integrated messager program. Then Mozilla will have to implement it to catch up. why put ourselves in THAT position? lead the pack. put it in first.

My opinion, at least.