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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."


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

by SomeSmartAss

Friday August 13th, 1999 1:28 PM

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Its not bad enough that they're essentially hacking into AOL's system, and waging war over a peice of programming that, essentially, anyone with a bit of TCP/IP knowledge and a server-side database could write.

They start bad mouthing AOL's code as having some "security flaw" that the "superior" MS code doesn't possess.

And this whole "open standard for IM" is complete crap. How long after the standard is agreed apon, do you think it will take for MS to "improve & inovate" a broken implementation of it.

It just amazes me how much the idea of users staring at a Non-MS interface (and ANY Non-MS interface, no matter how inconsiquential) realy irks them.