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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.)


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

by mozineAdmin

Monday August 2nd, 1999 5:45 AM

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Exactly what standard is that? Their submission to the IETF? It ain't a standard. It's just a proposal - a working draft. And it's Microsoft's proposal. Using your reasoning, AOL could submit their protocol to the IETF and call themselves standards compliant. It's simply not the case. Neither is "standards compliant" because there is no standard. It's a non-issue - a canard used to lure people to the side of MS and the other companies that want a piece of AOL's user-base without paying, or contributing *anything* to AOL in any way whatsoever.