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.)


by Anon

Sunday August 1st, 1999 12:41 AM

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Sure, I think it would be cool to talk to all my freinds on one form or another of IM software, BUT Why does Microsoft think it can come in and just take over and tell the net how it should be. My personal choice is the Yahoo pager. Why didnt Microsoft want a peice of that? I know why...they want to piratize a program thats already been thought up and most of the work is done on, (I.E,Browsers,Windows,) I say AOL should stick to its guns and give Microsoft the finger.