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.)

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by Anon

Monday August 2nd, 1999 3:36 AM

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I don't agree with AOL's tactics, but I think most companies would react in the same way. After all, you have to be pretty stupid to trust Microsoft when it comes to open standards. Actually, it's quite funny. Suddenly you see al those Microsofties complaining about monopolies and 'wrong' tactics, while they were saying a few months ago that Microsoft should have the right to 'innovate'. And if Microsoft really wants their messenger to be open, then why do I need a hotmail account to use it? And why is it only integrated with their own Outlook and Netmeeting. To me it looks like they're just interested in expanding their monopoly... but of course that's not true: they just want to 'innovate'. ;)