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.)

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

by Waldo

Friday July 30th, 1999 1:24 PM

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A few things:

1. Jer- I'm anxiously awaiting the Jabber announcement. As a silent follower of this project for a long time, I've been anxiously anticipating a move onto the public radar..

2. Here's what AOL's response should be:


Dear Microsoft (& lackeys),

We will comply with your open standards request whan and only when:

* Microsoft releases ANYTHING close to a standards-compliant web browser.

* The file formats for Microsoft Office are given to the public as a de facto standard to facilitate use and information exchange for customers.

* Hotmail allows other clients to access it via open standards, (to benefit all our customers)

* Microsoft releases a media player which uses public and open standards

* Microsoft's Java VM is complaint in the way its contractually obligated to be.

(I'm sure you can think of more)

When these events occur, we will be convinced that the signatories are indeed proponants of open standards.

Until then, ha ha. In yo'a face!

Signed, AOL