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.)

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

by elvii

Friday July 30th, 1999 12:12 PM

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Obviously, Microsoft's only motivation is profit and gaining access to AOL's userbase. I don't think that this was ever an argument. The point that many have been making - rightly - is that things will be better if there is a single userbase for IM programs. I don't think anyone actually believes that Microsoft is a righteous company fighting for standards.

That said, people seem to think that Microsoft is an evil, Satanic entity, and AOL are the plucky little good guys. I don't care if they bought netscape, THIS IS AOL PEOPLE! Anyway, rule #1 of life & business: large, publically traded corporations always look out for their good and nothing else. This includes AOL and Microsoft. This debate is very close to the one AOL is involved in with opening access to cable Internet to third parties. The cable companies built the wires and cultivated their own userbase. Why should AOL get access? Cause they want the money!