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eWeek: America's online monopoly?

May 09, 2000, 21:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis Fisher)

"America Online Inc.'s refusal to work toward an open standard for instant messaging is drawing the increasing ire of corporate users and the rest of the IM community, which plans to escalate its fight for universal access."

"At stake is the future of the huge and still-growing IM market, which AOL dominates with about 120 million users of its two proprietary clients, AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) and ICQ."

"A group of smaller vendors, led by Denver-based Tribal Voice, has sought government aid in its fight to force AOL to open its network to users of other IM clients. Last week, Tribal Voice indicated that it will step up its efforts."

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