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.)

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by Anon

Friday July 30th, 1999 10:01 AM

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IIRC this occured around the time of the AOL takeover. Of course it's their right to do this and although I'd rather have a real open standard I'd prefer AOL to have a monopoly on this than Microsoft.

Reason: monopolies are bad. AOL and Microsoft are not particularly good companies in this respect. However, AOL is much less powerful than Microsoft and therefore if Microsoft get this monopoly this is yet another area that they get to control the internet and they can then make it one more reason to stick with Windows.