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ZDNN: Web's next battle: instant messages

Jul 27, 1999, 06:43 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don Clark)

Thanks to dmitchell for this link.

"In the latest battle over a hot communications market, it is Microsoft Corp. that has become a force for open-technology standards."

"The software giant, along with other big Internet players, is attempting to pry open America Online Inc.'s near-lock on the market for instant messaging..."

"AOL, the leader in online services, responded by blocking the competitors' access to its network. Microsoft, which first distributed its messaging software Thursday, has been forced twice to modify its software to get around AOL's blockade. Prodigy and Yahoo, which used a different technique to communicate with AOL users, haven't been able to reconnect, and are joining Microsoft and industry-standards groups to push for technical ground rules for messaging."

Complete story.