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October 13, 2005

Whatever happened to AOL/MSN IM Interop?

Posted by David Hunter at 11:01 AM ET.

If yesterday’s announcement that MSN and Yahoo were working on instant messaging interoperability had an air of deja vu, you might have been remembering the 2003 pledge from AOL and Microsoft that they would work on IM interoperability. Lisa DiCarlo at Forbes checks into whatever became of that in Broken Promises and the official answer is apparently that it’s real hard to do. There are some unofficial answers as well.



Filed under AOL, Alliances, Coopetition, MSN, MSN Messenger, Yahoo

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2 Responses to “Whatever happened to AOL/MSN IM Interop?”

  1. Microsoft News Tracker » AOL and Google IM Interop Plan Says:

    [...] Also, the mention of the agreement by Microsoft and Yahoo to allow their IM offerings to interoperate, brings to mind that in 2003 Microsoft and AOL pledged to work on interoperation for their messaging products as well. Somehow it just never happened. One would assume that that project is really off the table now.   [Permalink] [...]

  2. Microsoft and Yahoo deliver IM interoperability -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] 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 Alliances, Coopetition, MSN, Beta and CTP, Google, MSN Messenger, Yahoo, AOL, Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger, Microsoft   [Permalink] [...]

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