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    Microsoft, Yahoo said in instant message deal
    Agreement allows messaging services to work together, sources say
    The Associated Press
    Updated: 10:41 p.m. ET Oct. 11, 2005

    SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. have agreed to make their two instant-messaging programs work together, a partnership that could threaten market leader America Online, people familiar with the situation said.

    The deal was expected to be announced early Wednesday, these people told The Associated Press. One of them works closely with Microsoft. The other was briefed on the deal. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose details.

    A Yahoo-Microsoft partnership, allowing users of the competing services to exchange messages seamlessly, would give the two companies nearly as many users combined as AOL has in total.

    Instant-messaging services are becoming increasingly vital, not just as social lifelines for young people but also in the business world. Their providers are adding video chatting and Internet telephone functions, and Google Inc. entered the arena in September with a service of its own that includes voice chat.

    “Up until now, AOL has been able to pick and choose its partners, command the royalties it wants,” said Robert Mahowald, an analyst with research firm IDC. “They’ve moved to develop this market at their own pace. This forces them to take a more aggressive stance.”

    Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL all declined to comment.

    AOL’s instant-messaging product, AIM, had some 51.5 million unique U.S. users in September, compared to about 27.3 million for the competing MSN Messenger and 21.9 million for Yahoo’s Messenger, according to Nielsen/NetRatings. (MSNBC content is distributed by MSN. MSNBC itself is a Microsoft - NBC joint venture.)

    Other instant messaging products, such as Trillian, allow people to send and receive messages from multiple messengers.

    None of the top instant messaging systems have communicated directly with each other yet, though promises of “interoperability” have been made for years.

    Redmond-based Microsoft has long sought to forge some sort of deal to boost the profile of MSN Messenger. The company also has been in talks with AOL over possible partnerships with Microsoft’s MSN online unit, although it’s not clear where those talks stand now.

    “I think what’s really pushing this is Microsoft’s ability to see that it’s long been playing cat and mouse with AIM and ICQ (another AOL instant messaging service),” Mahowald said. “Microsoft needs to stake its presence in a big way.”

    Microsoft already has a product that lets business users send and receive messages from Yahoo Inc., AOL and Microsoft’s instant messaging systems. But the product does not extend to consumer users.
    Copyright 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

    © 2005 MSNBC.com

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    gaim
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    • #3
      That's ghey. MSN Messenger sucks.

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      • #4
        QUOTE(GloveSaveandaBeauty @ Oct 12 2005, 12:21 AM) Quoted post

        That's ghey. MSN Messenger sucks.
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        I don't know a SINGLE person who uses MSN, not one.
        Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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        • #5
          QUOTE(madyaks @ Oct 12 2005, 03:19 AM) Quoted post

          QUOTE(GloveSaveandaBeauty @ Oct 12 2005, 12:21 AM) Quoted post

          That's ghey. MSN Messenger sucks.
          [/b][/quote]

          I don't know a SINGLE person who uses MSN, not one.
          [/b][/quote]
          Not very many people do.

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          • #6
            QUOTE(GloveSaveandaBeauty @ Oct 12 2005, 03:24 AM) Quoted post

            QUOTE(madyaks @ Oct 12 2005, 03:19 AM) Quoted post

            QUOTE(GloveSaveandaBeauty @ Oct 12 2005, 12:21 AM) Quoted post

            That's ghey. MSN Messenger sucks.
            [/b][/quote]

            I don't know a SINGLE person who uses MSN, not one.
            [/b][/quote]
            Not very many people do.
            [/b][/quote]

            Not so in my place of business. Everyone uses MSN.

            gaim still has a few little quirks to work out, in my opinion.

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            • #7
              I use Trillian. The biggest problem I've seen with it is that the smilies suck.
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              • #8
                QUOTE(Lippa @ Oct 12 2005, 09:53 AM) Quoted post

                I use Trillian. The biggest problem I've seen with it is that the smilies suck.
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                • #9
                  The last place I worked, the whole office was on MSN. They actually pulled AOL because of issues with security.
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                  • #10
                    QUOTE(Ohio Blues @ Oct 12 2005, 10:12 AM) Quoted post

                    QUOTE(Lippa @ Oct 12 2005, 09:53 AM) Quoted post

                    I use Trillian. The biggest problem I've seen with it is that the smilies suck.
                    [/b][/quote]
                    poof
                    [/b][/quote]

                    Perhpas, but I was emphasizing the point that that there doesn't seem to be anything really wrong with it.
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                    • #11
                      trillian ++.

                      MSN, Yahoo, AIM, and IRC all in one interface.
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