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CanadaComputes.com: ICQ: It's not just for Windows anymore

Apr 19, 2000, 18:49 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Coe)

"One great Internet innovation has been instant messaging. Both America Online Inc. (AOL) and Microsoft Corp. have dabbled in the instant messaging field, leading to a rather bitter dispute when Microsoft made its client compatible with AOL and AOL responded by promptly "breaking" the Microsoft client, slightly changing the way AOL's system worked. "

"The most popular of the instant messaging systems is known as ICQ, short for I Seek You. Curiously, AOL actually owns ICQ, but still uses its own instant messaging system."

"Most of my friends and I have been using ICQ for some time and the prospect of having to give up this great service when using Linux was somewhat depressing. As an alternative, there's always "Talk," which sets up a direct connection between users and can be a horribly painful experience with a slow Internet connection."

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