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.)

#37 M$ Messenger

by Kovu <>

Friday July 30th, 1999 10:54 PM

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If M$ wants to use the AIM standard they should license the stupid thing just like Netscape did. AOL has spent a fortune getting all of their 40 million AIM users and I see no reason that they should give up the rights to those eyes just because, for once, M$ has virtually no chance of catching up. Actually, I find it heartening that there are markets M$ has no prayer of dominating, and until they publish Windows as open-source I suggest they shut their stupid mouths. But I'm not bitter!