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.)

#28 Messenger Strife

by Anon

Friday July 30th, 1999 3:46 PM

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I am not much of a microsoft fan, I will admit that upfront, but my bias I think is justified in this situation. Microsoft has continually wormed their way in to markets where they have either bullied, bought out, or sweet talked their competitors, the end result usually being a knife in the back of microsoft competitors. Because of microsoft's business practices I think Aol is justified giving them a taste of their own medicine by cutting off microsoft from their services.