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.)

#21 Go AOL!

by Cynic

Friday July 30th, 1999 12:43 PM

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Lets all consider Microsoft's wonderful contribution to the HTML 4.0 standard. They sat down, discussed it, contributed, talked, and ultimately failed completely to deliver a HTML 4.0 compliant product. So what do you think all of their talk amounts to now?

Of course, this is only *recent* history. Go back through the skeletons in their closet and you'll find more evidence of backstabbing, treachery, corruption, fraud, copying, etc. Or, as a nice euphemism for all of this, "Embrace And Extend" (a.k.a. "Resistance Is Futile, You *Will* Be Assimilated").

Not that AOL is less motivated by greed, far from it. But they at least have a better history than MS, so I count them as the lesser evil. And the last company I would *ever* trust without a contract signed in Bill's blood would be Microsoft.

AOL may actually open their protocol in the future, perhaps allowing it to be integrated into Mozilla. But Microsoft would not, and letting them get their claws into the protocol now would rob the end-users (me & you) of ever getting it into the Open. So back AOL, and fight MS, until a better solution becomes apparent.

-=Yusuf=- spews quasi-semi-pseudo-anti-MS propaganda everywhere =)