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Mozilla Article at News.com; MS Trips Up in Messaging War

Friday August 13th, 1999

Paul Festa of News.com 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."


#14 Mozilla Article at News.com; MS Trips Up in Messag

by BrerBear

Friday August 13th, 1999 8:11 PM

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Am I mistaken, or is Microsoft actually calling for AOL to open the AIM protocol in spite of the fact that the protocol for Microsoft's own instant messenger is still closed. Is this really true? That would be the height of hyprocrisy.