Microsoft throws in the towel?

Doesn’t happen very often, does it? Still, the speculation is that, when it releases the new version of its MSN Messenger, Microsoft is going to drop interoperability with AOL’s Instant Messenger software. This ZDNet article has the facts on the issue. Microsoft is claiming that AOL is blocking their attempts to make MSN Messenger work with AIM by “exposing a buffer overrun bug in their AIM client.” Umm, ‘kay. AOL, meanwhile, says that Microsoft is “hacking into our networks and trying to run their service on our network.” Gotta say it once again: Umm, ‘kay. I’m not sure either side is making much sense right now; I’m about ready for the much talked-about Instant Messenging standard to come out and end all this crap, especially since my ICQ hasn’t been working right for about 3 weeks now; anybody else been having problems with the newer builds of ICQ? Drop me a line and let me know.

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    • Anonymous
    • 20 years ago

    *[Anon@159.119.80.137<]* It\'s a pissing match folks. That\'s all it is, and all it\'ll ever be. This debate can be broken into two groups. Techno geeks (Most of us included here) and the Technophobes (your neighbors, parents, grandparents etc.) In either segment you reside, NOBODY FREAKING CARES! Too much press time has been devoted to this. It comes down to money and who has the bigger peni... umm more subscribers. Did I mention it\'s a pissing contest? AOL is crying because since the advent of high speed access (I love my cable modem) nobody wants to use their sorry ass dial up drop-o-matic connections. In fact, the only damn reason I continue to pay 9.95 for BYOA (bring your own access) is so I can talk to the non geeks in my own family. Microsoft wants subscriber rights as much as AOL. It\'s good for their bottom line. It makes all of the stockholders feel warm and fuzzy. This is nothing more than a gradeschool \"my toy is better than your toy\" argument on a giant corporate level.

    • Tairc
    • 20 years ago

    I’ve been having problems with ICQ for around 3-4 weeks myself. I’m on a college LAN/T1, and it keeps disc’ing me. I don’t know what’s going on either. We’ve pretty much ruled out firewall problems, NAT problems etc., and all we’ve got left as ideas is that… now get this. Didn’t AOL buy Mirabilis a while back? And wouldn’t it just be sooo horrible for AIM and AOL if ICQ were to be unstable? Think about it. AOL gets revenue for AIM through ads, but nothing for ICQ. To make anything off the purchase of mirabilis, AOL has to hurt ICQ, to induce people to move to AIM, where they make revenue per user. Think about it.

    -Foreboding as always,
    Tairc

    • Anonymous
    • 20 years ago

    *[Anon@outbound.ecal.com<]* I haven\'t used ICQ since I finished school in May. For some reason on lower speed connections ICQ keeps losing its connection to the network (and usually I lose m dial up as well). So I had to switch over to AOL IM which I still don\'t really like. THe only reason I had it was because people with AOL wouldn\'t get ICQ. That and it doesn\'t kill my connection as often like ICQ tends to.

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