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CNET News.com: AOL releases its version of IM standards

Jun 16, 2000, 00:50 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Hu)

"America Online today proposed instant messaging standards that would clear the way for rival services to work together. The submission comes on the final day for companies to hand their proposals for open instant messaging standards to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the industry's standards body. The IETF allows any company to submit a version for the standards. IETF will review the proposals and eventually choose one."

"The move is significant given AOL's dominance in instant messaging and its lead in the marketplace."

"AOL has waged battles with rival instant messenger services that have tried tapping into AOL Instant Messenger (AIM). It has fought Microsoft, Prodigy, CMGI's iCast and Tribal Voice, and start-up Odigo after those services began communicating with AIM users without consent."

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