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.)

#32 We know who signs your paycheck.

by Tekhir

Friday July 30th, 1999 8:40 PM

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AOL isn't wrong and neither is MS for keeping Word Doc format closed. Microsoft and the rest can compete, but not by stealing a user base the don't own. And I'm not sure what you mean by "AOL seems to fear free enterprise." All the examples you mention are want free enterprises do, they buy out or destroy those with competing products. The thing is they want to be bought out, they could have resisted and caused a hostile takeover, which aren't too successful. But they didn't they took the cash.

ICQ may have more features but its interface sure sucks.

P.S. I use Corel WordPerfect, so I know what it feels like when you can't use something the majority of people have i.e. Word & Excel docs (the translators aren't 100%). Plus I tried out MSN Messenger and all I can say is why did they even bother making it, it isn't that great.