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.)

#43 What Microsoft should be doing

by james

Saturday July 31st, 1999 8:27 AM

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If Microsoft was really interested in what was best for the customer, it would have made a deal with AOL to allow passing of messages between each company's servers.

This way both MSNM and AIM users benefit, and the costs of maintaining the servers would be shared. The Microsoft and AOL servers could be used to test out the IETF new IM protocols, which would help everyone.

Unfortunately, we are talking about Microsoft and AOL, so this will probably never happen.