Microsoft gaat een stap verder in de instant messenging oorlog en gaat de code van het MSN Messenger protocol vrijgeven. Blijkbaar verwachten ze dat er gekken op deze aardkloot rondsurfen die voor noppes MS code gaan kloppen...
Microsoft today launched its most powerful weapon yet in the messaging war with America Online.
In a move reminiscent of its struggle with Netscape Communications for browser dominance, Microsoft said it will publish the protocol for its MSN Messenger service.
Publishing its messaging service code means Microsoft could rely on third parties to help bolster its position in the messaging wars. Microsoft also hopes to gain allies among Internet service providers and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), a group that is partly responsible for setting up standards for how messaging software communicates.
Bloomberg today reported that three online companies, including Prodigy Communications, back Microsoft's messenger service. Another instant messaging company backing Microsoft is Tribal Voice, which today said its 5 million PowWow users will have access to MSN Messenger by the fourth quarter.
"Microsoft tends to do two things at once. Not only is the first part to work the standards issue, to try to make their own technology the accepted standard, but the second issue is opening up their protocol to gain eyeball shares," said Joe Ferlazzo, an analyst with Technology Business Research.
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