CNET Chimes In, States IRC Will Compete With Instant Messenger

Thursday September 9th, 1999's Paul Festa has an article regarding the new IRC and Jabber clients in development, and claims that the IRC will be "in direct competition with AOL's own messaging software", although it's not clear how that would happen. The article also states that Mozilla's beta will be occurring in 4 weeks, which is off by about a 3 to 4 weeks, according to a news post that came out today. There's still a lot of work to be done, but they are making good progress.

Thanks to Kovu for the news.

#15 IRC compete?

by Anon

Friday September 10th, 1999 7:45 AM

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IRC has been around MUCH longer than instant messaging. I seriously doubt it will compete with anything as, in my experience, it's harder for people to download an IRC client, join a server, and then join a channel to chat than for them to just get an instant messaging client and use that.

And who cares anyway? IRC is a protocol, not corporate software. Anybody can use IRC for whatever they want.