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.)

#39 ICQ better than AIM?

by Kovu <>

Friday July 30th, 1999 11:11 PM

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I don't agree. I use both, and both have their qualities. AIM is instant and ridiculously stable. I have never had a problem signing onto AIM but ICQ once kicked me off for over two hours for no reason. Every other day I have problems with it telling me users that aren't online are, and there are so many features I don't need that it's almost impossible to find and use the ones that I do need. The thing I do like about ICQ over AIM is that it keeps a history of messages and events, making it possible to go back and find references later. But AIM has a new feature allowing you to set up a public, shared folder on your computer that external users can add to or d/l from.

I really think it's a toss-up as to which is better, although, as I said, they both have advantages. And Netscape has had AIM as part of NS since 4.5 which was released long before the buyout finally passed through this past March. There's no reason M$ can't license it, too.

And the password thing is shifty. I don't trust M$ as far as I could kick them. They made Word docs keep an identifying number that identifies the computer it originated from when users registerd Windows 98, and M$ kept that number on file but promised they weren't going to do anything with it. Like I said above, as long as M$ is getting away with a 90% plus monopoly in the OS market I don't see why AOL should give up theirs for a free product.

What do you think M$ wants to accomplish? An open standard AIM would allow M$ to add their IM to the Windows desktop and then they would take over that market as fast as they did that for browsers. Yeah, I can hardly wait! I just don't think M$ should be part of negotiations in any forum until the government is finished with them. Their credibility is shot throughout the entire industry and everything they do looks like a plot whether it is or not.

BTW, did anybody see the Southpark movie? They had this clip where a computer crashed and this general starts hollering about Windows 98 "You said Windows 98 would be faster!" and shoots Bill Gates in the head in mid-reply. Not that I think Bill should die, but it was funny as hell.