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.)

#13 Opinion: AOL/Microsoft Real-Time Messaging Debate

by wheezy

Friday July 30th, 1999 11:48 AM

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The issue isn't with the source of the client (which, btw, is IM, not ICQ) but with the actual networking protocols to communicate with the servers. AOL has been shifting their servers' protocol so that their own clients can still use it but clients which have been written for a protocol which was reconstructed using reverse-engineering can not. Microsoft has been adapting quickly to the rapid protocol shifts, but AOL is being inappropriately evasive.