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NetworkWorld: AOL out of instant messaging standard bake-off

Aug 03, 2000, 16:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carloyn Duffy Marsan)

"The Internet Engineering Task Force has zeroed in on three technical proposals for creating an instant messaging standard, but the finalists do not include market leader AOL.

"The three proposals - developed by Cisco, Microsoft, Fujitsu and others - were selected from a field of 10 proposals. AOL's last-minute submission was a general framework for instant messaging interoperability rather than a full-fledged protocol, so it was not chosen for further consideration."

"IETF officials say all three of the selected protocols appear to interoperate with AOL's framework. AOL currently blocks instant messaging traffic from competitors such as AT&T and Microsoft."

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