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Jul 99

Corporatism & Messenger Wars

Microsoft doing what they do best. When will we see fixes to MS product bugs appearing within 3 hours?

A war erupted today between two Net titans – Microsoft and AOL – over the coveted area of instant messaging. Yesterday, Microsoft launched its new MSN Messenger which lets AOL and MSN users talk to each other, effectively ending AOL’s total control over the 25 million members of its instant messenger service. An angry AOL retaliated with a block to stop Microsoft users from communicating with its Buddy List. Today, Microsoft posted a software fix at http://messenger.msn.com to circumvent the block – but within three hours AOL had erected a new blockade. Expect corporate tempers to get very frayed . . . [The Australian]

Stolen from an e-mail from a friend.