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PC World: Truce in Instant Messaging Wars?

Aug 23, 1999, 21:23 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alexandra Krasne)

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"Both Microsoft and AOL have submitted technical information to the Internet Engineering Task Force, an industry standards body that is drafting a standard for instant messaging. Their purported aim? That users of all services--Microsoft's MSN Messenger, AOL's Instant Messenger or ICQ, Yahoo Messenger, Tribal Voice PowWow, and any interested others--be able to talk with one another."

"Engineers, researchers, and vendors from around the world are developing an open protocol called Instant Messaging and Presence Protocol.

Draft protocol specifications may be available as soon as January 2000. On Thursday a committee will submit an early blueprint of the messaging standard to the IETF Application Group for review and comments."

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