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.)

#52 Opinion: AOL/Microsoft Real-Time Messaging Debate

by danielhill <>

Monday August 2nd, 1999 12:35 AM

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AOL always have been and always will be a disgusting coropration. So is Microsoft.

However, Microsoft are part of the IETF with this IM thing, and their client is far superior and smaller to AOL or ICQ. I think Microsoft know that they must band together with all the other guys and make a standard.

And I agree. I can e-mail someone using Outlook from Eudora, for instance. Why can't I beep someone from AOL using MSN or ICQ?