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.)

#47 AOL should send out open letters ....

by veliath

Saturday July 31st, 1999 10:55 PM

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In my opinion AOL should send out a bunch of open letters on whatever technologies MS is proprietary on and ask them to open it or publish it.

I feel breaking up Microsofts monopoly is more the need of the moment than AOLs. so lets just shift our attentions to that.

Perhaps its what MS is trying to do - have us focus less on its closedness.