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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.)


#45 Mac AIM

by blukens

Saturday July 31st, 1999 9:51 PM

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Just to make sure everyine knows, AOL has had a Mac version of AIM for a good while now. Almost as long as the PC version, I believe. The Apple/AOL deal seems to be more of a PR move than anything else. It's speculated that it might mean Apple will start bundling AIM with their new machines, or perhaps it will even be integrated with the OS somehoow. That's all just rumor though.