Mozilla Article at; MS Trips Up in Messaging War

Friday August 13th, 1999

Paul Festa of takes another shot at summarizing the state of the browser war.

Also, in other news on the MS/AOL fistfight, it appears MS has tripped up (free subscription required at the N.Y. Times site). Someone from MS apparently posed as an independent programmer, and wrote a letter to Richard Smith, a computer security expert with significant clout with the press, detailing supposed security issues raised by AOL's blocking of MSN Messenger clients.

Smith traced the mail back to Microsoft. Microsoft apparently hasn't found the culprit, but they used the opportunity to state the same attack on AOL seen in the forged letter - "It's unfortunate they're putting user security at risk."

#11 Mozilla Article at; MS Trips Up in Messag

by megaloB <>

Friday August 13th, 1999 6:01 PM

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I think what microsoft is doing is more than wrong. I'm sure AOL didn't mean to keep it's IM service, which most AOL users love, open to other users, and I can understand if they are mad as hell. But microsoft won't stop until sued, and even then they won't stop. The best thing AOL can do is keep blocking microsoft and get the message out that IM isn't meant to be "open", and that through it's IM it makes it's money. And even then there will be naysayers who agree with microsoft on keeping IM open.

The rest of the civilized world will go on IRC.