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.)

#50 My Suggestion

by Tanyel <>

Sunday August 1st, 1999 4:18 AM

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I think AOL and Microsoft should make a deal so that everybody gets to make software compatible with the aol instant messenger but they are all required to include AOL's advertisements, and nobody else's advertisements should be dispalyed. If Microsoft and Yahoo only care about making the chat programs compatible, then this should make everybody happy. If they're trying to steal AOL's advertising dollars then they need to stop acting like AOL is wrong. I think Microsoft is trying to take over the instant messaging so they can put their own advertisements on it rather than be the first to implement an open standard. By the way, I think Microsoft, AOL, and Yahoo all suck. I still like Netscape though.