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NY Times: AOL's Rivals Want to See Open Instant Messaging

Jul 31, 2000, 22:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Laurie J. Flynn)

"It is important to note that the debate is not about whether the various instant messaging systems will ever interoperate. Instead, the questions seem to be when and how. Even AOL does not dispute the need for an interconnection standard. But like most market leaders, the company would prefer to control the standard."

"So the debate comes down to which side you believe. AOL contends that the development and testing of an instant messaging standard will take over a year. Its critics accuse the company of stalling in order to better solidify its market position."

"In the meantime, the company [AOL] said, it has already "opened" its network through royalty-free licensing agreements that allow Internet service providers and Web companies to use AOL Instant Messenger technology to create their own messaging software.

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