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.)
#35 We know who signs your paycheck.
Friday July 30th, 1999 10:27 PM
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Netscape bundled AIM with Communicator long before AOL bought them. Obviously, Netscape, Apple, and Lotus have been able to work out agreements with AOL to use the AIM service. Why isn't Microsoft trying to work out a deal? Instead they're just "hacking" into AOL's servers.