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."

#25 So what should I switch to?

by Anon

Saturday August 14th, 1999 3:52 PM

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I know all about that. Me and my friends don't take ICQ very serious. It will never replace phone and email. (But I agree, ICQ sucks big time)

But it's not an easy thing to do. I have about 20 people on my ICQ and others have up to 50.

And it *MUST* work in Linux. So that rules out AOL IM I guess? At least until AOL removes the anti MS protection which also stops Linux clones.

Give me an IM standard and I will start advocate for a change.