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.)

#46 AOL a monopoly?

by Anon

Saturday July 31st, 1999 9:57 PM

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In reference to this statement that you made: (Reason: monopolies are bad. AOL and Microsoft are not particularly good companies in this respect)

I would beg to differ with you. A monopoly isn't only the tight grip of control of an industry or even a somewhat of a control over and industy. That being a horizontal monopoly. Another kind is a vertical monopoly in which said company controls everything required to make a certain product or products from basic materials all the way through to the finished product arena thus undercutting the other vendors prices. As it stands now , AOL just simply has it's fingers in a whole bunch of pies so to speak.