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.)
Friday July 30th, 1999 10:55 PM
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Here is a suggestion... AOL currently uses MSIE as its browser for its user base, and in exchange they are "allowed" prime placement on the Windows default desktop. AOL should demand that the deal be changed so that AOL allows MIM connectivity to AIM, in exchange for the prime placement on the default desktop - dropping the MSIE requirement. MS gets access to the AIM userbase, AOL gets access to the Windows userbase. And one more nice benefit... AOL can use a Mozilla-based browser for it's users. What a wonderful way to help increase use of a *real* standards-based browser.