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.)

#42 We know who signs your paycheck.

by Kovu <>

Saturday July 31st, 1999 1:52 AM

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Because if M$ is successful, they can put M$IM on the Windows desktop and do to the IM market what they did with the browser market, or at least try. Luckily, I think that even if AOL did open it up, they would still retain the mass of users. AOL members are pretty loyal, for the most part. I only switched to NS because I liked the interface so much better.

AOL is launching a free ISP-branded NS in Europe, I really think it won't be long before it comes here (for a fee here, naturally) and I'll be of the first to join.