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.)

#12 any less and they wouldn't be Microsoft

by Anon

Friday July 30th, 1999 11:39 AM

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This is there standard tactic. They see something they want, then they do whatever is necessary to take it. Expect any less and they would not be Microsoft. As far as the AIM system goes, I think it should be open. Microsoft wil get it one way or another, no matter what you do. They listen to noone. Good luck to AOL in trying to stop them. It does not sound like they have a patent on this else they could sue Microsoft for infringment.