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."

#18 my suggestion

by Kaoslord <>

Friday August 13th, 1999 10:38 PM

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here, Make a standard, complete standard with everything they want, and make it completely open for anyone to use expand upon or whatever, and is it grows userbase, companies will WANT to join to give users ability to communicate with the rest of the internet witghout haveing 5 IM prgrams, you see? make aol want to be compatible witrh the standard, thatst he trick.

oh and i dont blame AOL i wouldnt want to give all the revenues in profits away and give microsoft access to the huge userbase they have worked so hard to get just so that microsoft can be more competitive with aol and try and steal their users, in my opinion its a onesided deal only MS wins and still the program is ugly, loses the cool AIM formatting, and has majour handicaps like no buddy grouping and allways displaying offline buddys, the program sucks, simply that... if they made it better i would use it.