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."

#33 this childish IM fight SUCKS

by danielhill <>

Sunday August 15th, 1999 9:21 PM

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This whole thing is puerile (sp??) and childish. AOL have published the protocol, now MS are using it, they go sick. These people saying they are hacking are full of s**t. It's like me making Dan's Mozilla, then Netscape suing me, or Dan's Linux.

AOL and MS are just as bad as each other - screw the users, let's just make Billy G or Stevie C and shareholders rich kiddies

Personally, I think these IM things are overrated, I'll stick to IRC and good old email. But newbies like them. The world needs an OPEN SOURCE protocol for this, and leve it open, like IRC and email.