Full Article Attached Opinion: AOL/Microsoft Real-Time Messaging Debate

Friday July 30th, 1999

As you all know, AOL, Netscape's parent company has been involved in a cat-and-mouse game with Microsoft over access to their Instant Messaging protocol. Yesterday, AOL announced a partnership with Apple to bring Instant Messenger to Mac users. Today, Microsoft and other Messaging hopefuls wrote an open letter to Steve Case of AOL asking him to stop blocking them from access to the Instant Messenger protocol.

I'm not going to go into all the details regarding this at the moment, but I'd like to throw out an opinion and see what mozillaZine readers think. Click Full Article below to read more, and give us your opinions in Talkback.

(Note: this doesn't really affect Mozilla, but since AOL is now Netscape's parent company, I thought it would be interesting to get the opinions from those who are involved in or interested in the Mozilla project.)

#11 Mozilla and real-time messaging

by jeremie <>

Friday July 30th, 1999 11:30 AM

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I'm planning on making an announcement next week (in the middle of a server move and project restructuring at the moment) relating to Jabber <> and Mozilla.

The jist of it is that I want to form a team to create a Jabber client for Mozilla. This would allow anyone using Mozilla to talk transparently to a variety of supported messaging systems, including AIM, ICQ, Yahoo, IRC, and others.

Some people don't like the fact that Jabber is server based and the client would rely on the server for most of it's functionality, but one of the directions that Jabber will start developing in is a personal Jabber server, so it all happens on the client side.

Again, look for more information next week!