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.)

#58 the real problem...

by Anon

Tuesday August 3rd, 1999 4:48 AM

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is that microsoft's implementation requires AOL account data to be given up by users.

i was told that the account data is transferred in *plain text* on the net. not only is this dangerous, but your account data gets stored on a microsoft server.

the other issue is that the database belongs to AOL -- at least to the point it is their gear that takes the knock.

hell, all m$ have to do is make a commercial arrangement with AOL and the problems are over.

even if there was a "open spec" for IM, it will never guarantee open-access into account databases.