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.)

#57 Forget Instant messaging

by megaloB <>

Monday August 2nd, 1999 7:02 PM

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i say we just put irc channels in a nifty detachable one pane format and forget instant messaging forever. Who needs annoying beeps when you can /notice (nick) text or /ctcp yourself to death. I say AOL continues it's AIM and MS continues theirs, bickering, while something like jabber comes and steals the show. Either that or both AOL and MS open their source simultaneously to the general public and let some rogue programmers open up all roads to each other. Until then, there's always * If you want, you could even use microsofts pathetic irc client.