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CNET News.com: AOL rivals make progress on instant chat spec

Sep 01, 2000, 17:28 (0 Talkback[s])
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"A coalition of America Online's rivals has developed a technical blueprint to allow their instant messaging services to communicate with one another. Dubbed IMUnified, the coalition comprises AOL's biggest competitors, including Microsoft, Yahoo, Excite@Home, AT&T, Prodigy Communications and CMGI-owned iCast and Tribal Voice."

"The creation of technical specifications is one step in an ongoing process to let separate instant messaging systems interoperate. The coalition members want their services to work with those of competitors until a universal standard is developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force, an industry standards body."

"Representatives from IMUnified would not elaborate today on the technical specifications, adding that the proposals are under review by other collaborators."

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