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.)

#49 Document formats

by Tanyel <>

Sunday August 1st, 1999 3:07 AM

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I think AOL did a pretty good job of ignoring e-mail standards. When you put a picture in AOL mail, anybody not on AOL won't see the picture. Why couldn't they just support HTML mail instead of making their own thing? Also, if you send mail to somebody on AOL with more than one file attached, it just sucks. I don't know if those are official standards though, or just good things AOL chose to ignore.