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.)

#23 Mozilla is the real loser here

by jammjamm

Friday July 30th, 1999 1:31 PM

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Mozilla had the chance a while ago to begin a high-profile and well-thought-out and integrated approach to developing an open way for chat clients to interoperate. But they blew it. A top notch cross-platform IRC client, with the option to "plug in" other clients/protocols in a transparent way was most definately the way to go.

Instead, the folks who run Mozilla kept their mouths shut as who-knows-what machinations took place behind the scenes--AOL anticipating a MS push towords chat, maybe?

NeoPlanet took over this development (supposedly), but we've heard little from them, and we doubt their intentions even more than we have come to doubt Mozilla's.

Mozilla held the promise of being on the side of open source BEFORE considering their parent companies' interests...Netscape (and AOL) were betting that the Open Source model would prove profitable. But it is now clear that they intend to hedge and try to RESTRAIN open development from moving into realms where the big players still want to stay propietary.

I DARE any Mozilla person who knows the story behind the abandonment of the chat component to come forward and tell us what happened. Who made the decision? And why was it felt that the decision HAD to be followed?