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InfoWorld: AOL opens up instant messaging

Jun 16, 2000, 20:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Margret Johnston, Laura Rohde)

"America Online has submitted a proposal for a protocol that would allow its instant messaging services to interoperate with similar services from other vendors."

"AOL sent its 18-page proposal Thursday to an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) working group that is trying to establish standards for instant messaging. The working group had set Thursday as the deadline for proposals for the Instant Messaging and Presence Protocol (IMPP). The goal is to create a standard that will establish interoperability between AIM (AOL Instant Messenger), AOL's ICQ instant messaging product, and other instant messaging software."

"In its proposal, Dulles, Va.-based AOL said it was "reaffirming" its commitment to interoperability."

"We think that this submission represents a significant first step toward developing more detailed protocols for implementing the kind of full interoperability that we all would like to see," the proposal said."

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