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ZDNet: Messaging's not-so-instant revolution

May 21, 2000, 20:05 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Margaret Kane)

"Instant messaging, once considered a toy for teenagers, could be the next killer business app -- provided it overcomes what industry insiders say is the AOL stumbling block."

"The latest IM technologies will be on display at the Instant Messaging 2000 show in Boston next Tuesday, including combinations of text with voice and video technology. In the lead-up to the conference, versions of the technology designed for wireless devices have been popping up, work on an official standard has been making serious headway, and a version of IM has gone open source. "

"...Jabber's Miller said that aspect of IM is appealing to developers -- using the technology to go beyond chatting. While instant messaging lets you talk to another person, it also gives you the ability to find out information about them -- where they are, what their status is -- that can be developed in other ways."

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