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July 13, 2006

Microsoft and Yahoo deliver IM interoperability

Posted by David Hunter at 10:37 AM ET.

Sometimes the promises in grand corporate alliance announcements actually do come true. Last October, Microsoft and Yahoo promised interoperability of their instant messaging services in 2Q2006 and it arrived today in beta only a little bit late:

Yahoo! Inc. and Microsoft Corp. today will begin limited public beta testing of interoperability between their instant messaging (IM) services that enable users of Windows Live® Messenger, the next generation of MSN® Messenger, and Yahoo!® Messenger with Voice to connect with each other. This interoperability — the first of its kind between two distinct, global consumer IM providers — will form the world’s largest consumer IM community, approaching 350 million accounts.

Consumers worldwide from Microsoft and Yahoo! will be able to take advantage of IM interoperability and join the limited public beta program. They will be among the first to exchange instant messages across the free services as well as see their friends’ online presence, view personal status messages, share select emoticons, view offline messages and add new contacts from either service at no cost. Yahoo! and Microsoft plan to make the interoperability between their respective IM services broadly available to consumers in the coming months.

The third big IM player is AOL and while interoperability with Microsoft was promised back in 2003, it just never happened and AOL is now playing footsie with Google.

Filed under AOL, Alliances, Beta and CTP, Coopetition, Google, MSN, MSN Messenger, Microsoft, Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo

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One Response to “Microsoft and Yahoo deliver IM interoperability”

  1. Microsoft and Yahoo IM interoperability arrives -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] It may be a little later than the 2Q2006 originally promised, but Microsoft and Yahoo’s effort to provide instant messaging interoperability has left the beta started in July and will go live tomorrow: Yahoo and Microsoft announced that they would tear down the wall between their formerly exclusive instant messaging services and allow members to mingle beginning Wednesday. [...]

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