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CNET News.com: Corel, others legitimize alternative IM software

Sep 29, 1999, 17:17 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Only months after America Online and Microsoft declared war in the instant messaging market, alternative instant messaging products are cropping up that intend to both compete and interoperate with AOL's market-leading messaging systems."

"Jabber.org, a grassroots effort to craft an instant messaging service under the open-source software development model, got a boost this week with Corel's decision to implement Jabber's software in Corel's Linux desktop operating system and applications.

Corel will add the instant messaging client in a partnership with Webb Interactive Services, which has taken a keen interest in Jabber's project to produce an instant messaging client based on Extensible Markup Language (XML)."

"...IntraActive tomorrow will launch its Banter MultiNetwork Instant Messenger. Written in Java, Sun Microsystems' cross-platform programming language, the product will run on the Windows, Macintosh, Unix, and Linux platforms."

"Another instant messaging system that promises to interact with AOL's technology and other software is Software Fusion's Universal Messenger, now under development and available in a trial version."

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