A Conversation with Peter Ford

A Conversation with Peter Ford
Instant messaging (IM) may represent our brave new world of communications, just as e-mail did a few short years ago. Many IM players are vying to establish the dominant standard in this new world, as well as introducing new applications to take advantage of all IM has to offer. Among them, hardly surprising, is Microsoft, which is moving toward the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) as its protocol choice for IM.

Posted by rshah on November 30, 2003| Comments (0)


A Conversation with Peter Ford

A Conversation with Peter Ford
Instant messaging (IM) may represent our brave new world of communications, just as e-mail did a few short years ago. Many IM players are vying to establish the dominant standard in this new world, as well as introducing new applications to take advantage of all IM has to offer. Among them, hardly surprising, is Microsoft, which is moving toward the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) as its protocol choice for IM.

Posted by rshah on November 30, 2003| Comments (0)


FCC to Allow Video on AOL Messenger

FCC to Allow Video on AOL Messenger
The Federal Communications Commission has agreed to allow America Online to transmit video entertainment over its popular Instant Messenger system, ending a restriction imposed when it approved the merger of the online company with media giant Time Warner Communications in early 2001.

Posted by rshah on October 06, 2003| Comments (0)


FCC to Allow Video on AOL Messenger

FCC to Allow Video on AOL Messenger
The Federal Communications Commission has agreed to allow America Online to transmit video entertainment over its popular Instant Messenger system, ending a restriction imposed when it approved the merger of the online company with media giant Time Warner Communications in early 2001.

Posted by rshah on October 06, 2003| Comments (0)


IM and the IETF

IM and the IETF
If standards are the lingua franca that facilitate vendor interoperability, then the IETF's involvement with Instant Messaging (IM) seems more like the Tower of Babel-at first glance.

Posted by rshah on March 17, 2003| Comments (0)


IM and the IETF

IM and the IETF
If standards are the lingua franca that facilitate vendor interoperability, then the IETF's involvement with Instant Messaging (IM) seems more like the Tower of Babel-at first glance.

Posted by rshah on March 17, 2003| Comments (0)


IETF tames IM

IETF tames IM
After five years of raucous debate and stop-and-start development, the Internet's premier standards-setting body is finalizing a set of protocols that will let companies exchange instant messages with business partners and customers across private IP networks and the Internet.

Posted by rshah on October 22, 2002| Comments (0)


IETF tames IM

IETF tames IM
After five years of raucous debate and stop-and-start development, the Internet's premier standards-setting body is finalizing a set of protocols that will let companies exchange instant messages with business partners and customers across private IP networks and the Internet.

Posted by rshah on October 22, 2002| Comments (0)


AOL not sold on IM interoperability

AOL not sold on IM interoperability
America Online is backing away from opening its instant messaging servers to let them communicate with rival networks, according to a government regulatory filing.

Posted by rshah on July 31, 2002| Comments (0)


AOL not sold on IM interoperability

AOL not sold on IM interoperability
America Online is backing away from opening its instant messaging servers to let them communicate with rival networks, according to a government regulatory filing.

Posted by rshah on July 31, 2002| Comments (0)


Can IM giants win corporate clients?

Can IM giants win corporate clients?
Short-term blindness or not, corporations are not clamoring for open IM, especially in a controlled environment such as the financial world. Equities desks at companies like Lehman, for example, are regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, which requires that conversations be recorded by internal compliance departments--a major stumbling block for adoption of current consumer IM services.

Posted by rshah on June 28, 2002| Comments (0)


Can IM giants win corporate clients?

Can IM giants win corporate clients?
Short-term blindness or not, corporations are not clamoring for open IM, especially in a controlled environment such as the financial world. Equities desks at companies like Lehman, for example, are regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, which requires that conversations be recorded by internal compliance departments--a major stumbling block for adoption of current consumer IM services.

Posted by rshah on June 28, 2002| Comments (0)


Cries to open up IM have quieted

Cries to open up IM have quieted
Calls for opening instant messaging services are fading as the three biggest providers wage a protracted war for market share.

Posted by rshah on May 13, 2002| Comments (0)


Cries to open up IM have quieted

Cries to open up IM have quieted
Calls for opening instant messaging services are fading as the three biggest providers wage a protracted war for market share.

Posted by rshah on May 13, 2002| Comments (0)


AOL BLOCKS INSTANT MESSAGING START-UP FROM LINKING TO AIM

AOL BLOCKS INSTANT MESSAGING START-UP FROM LINKING TO AIM
AOL is blocking people using the Trillian interface from linking to its AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) system.

Posted by rshah on February 02, 2002| Comments (0)


AOL BLOCKS INSTANT MESSAGING START-UP FROM LINKING TO AIM

AOL BLOCKS INSTANT MESSAGING START-UP FROM LINKING TO AIM
AOL is blocking people using the Trillian interface from linking to its AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) system.

Posted by rshah on February 02, 2002| Comments (0)


Cell phone IM plan supports interoperability

Cell phone IM plan supports interoperability
Microsoft has struck a deal with a British wireless carrier to allow European cell phone customers to interact with MSN Messenger from the instant-messaging system installed on their phones.

Posted by rshah on November 14, 2001| Comments (0)


Cell phone IM plan supports interoperability

Cell phone IM plan supports interoperability
Microsoft has struck a deal with a British wireless carrier to allow European cell phone customers to interact with MSN Messenger from the instant-messaging system installed on their phones.

Posted by rshah on November 14, 2001| Comments (0)


Viruses wiggle into IM chats

Viruses wiggle into IM chats
Having long targeted e-mail with sometimes devastating effects, virus and worm creators are setting their sights on IM services. Infected files, for example, have been burrowing their way slowly through Microsoft's MSN Messenger network over the past few months.

Posted by rshah on August 14, 2001| Comments (0)


Viruses wiggle into IM chats

Viruses wiggle into IM chats
Having long targeted e-mail with sometimes devastating effects, virus and worm creators are setting their sights on IM services. Infected files, for example, have been burrowing their way slowly through Microsoft's MSN Messenger network over the past few months.

Posted by rshah on August 14, 2001| Comments (0)


AOL to detail IM plans

AOL to detail IM plans
In advance of the report, the company on Friday said it is close to announcing a partner for testing links between its leading AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) service and other IM networks. As part of the test, AOL will use one of the proposed technologies submitted as a standard to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), an AOL spokesman added.

Posted by rshah on July 25, 2001| Comments (0)


AOL to detail IM plans

AOL to detail IM plans
In advance of the report, the company on Friday said it is close to announcing a partner for testing links between its leading AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) service and other IM networks. As part of the test, AOL will use one of the proposed technologies submitted as a standard to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), an AOL spokesman added.

Posted by rshah on July 25, 2001| Comments (0)


Sun, AOL prep corporate instant messaging

Sun, AOL prep corporate instant messaging
For example, while consumers will be able to sign up and find buddies through Microsoft's Passport service, corporations will be able to set up closed instant message groups that rely on a corporate server.

Posted by rshah on July 16, 2001| Comments (0)


Sun, AOL prep corporate instant messaging

Sun, AOL prep corporate instant messaging
For example, while consumers will be able to sign up and find buddies through Microsoft's Passport service, corporations will be able to set up closed instant message groups that rely on a corporate server.

Posted by rshah on July 16, 2001| Comments (0)


Advertising Invades Instant Messaging

Advertising Invades Instant Messaging
In the next year, however, those Buddy Lists could become less like personal phone books and more like interactive Yellow Pages. With close to 100 million people now using instant messaging software, according to industry estimates, many companies are itching to take advantage of what they consider an untapped market.

Posted by rshah on June 28, 2001| Comments (0)


Advertising Invades Instant Messaging

Advertising Invades Instant Messaging
In the next year, however, those Buddy Lists could become less like personal phone books and more like interactive Yellow Pages. With close to 100 million people now using instant messaging software, according to industry estimates, many companies are itching to take advantage of what they consider an untapped market.

Posted by rshah on June 28, 2001| Comments (0)


Microsoft messaging tactics recall browser wars

Microsoft messaging tactics recall browser wars
It's 1996 all over again," said Ed Zander, president of Sun Microsystems, a longtime mortal enemy of Microsoft. His remarks, made Monday at his company's annual JavaOne conference, were directed at parallels he sees between Microsoft's current strategies and the beginning of its assault on the Web browser market that eventually buried rival Netscape Communications.

Posted by rshah on June 07, 2001| Comments (0)


Microsoft messaging tactics recall browser wars

Microsoft messaging tactics recall browser wars
It's 1996 all over again," said Ed Zander, president of Sun Microsystems, a longtime mortal enemy of Microsoft. His remarks, made Monday at his company's annual JavaOne conference, were directed at parallels he sees between Microsoft's current strategies and the beginning of its assault on the Web browser market that eventually buried rival Netscape Communications.

Posted by rshah on June 07, 2001| Comments (0)


Radiohead "buddy" extends a hand

Radiohead "buddy" extends a hand
Capitol Records introduced a new instant chat "buddy" designed by Activebuddy --the first of its kind--designed specifically to respond to questions on the popular rockers. The Radiohead buddy can chat about the band's touring dates, up-to-date news, artist bios and album info.

Posted by rshah on June 06, 2001| Comments (0)


Instant Messaging Is a Bundle for Microsoft

Instant Messaging Is a Bundle for Microsoft
Microsoft announced that its upcoming Windows XP operating system will include a single interface for various modes of real-time communication between users. In addition to text-based instant messaging, the technology enables video-conferencing and collaboration on shared files and applications.

Posted by rshah on June 06, 2001| Comments (0)


Radiohead "buddy" extends a hand

Radiohead "buddy" extends a hand
Capitol Records introduced a new instant chat "buddy" designed by Activebuddy --the first of its kind--designed specifically to respond to questions on the popular rockers. The Radiohead buddy can chat about the band's touring dates, up-to-date news, artist bios and album info.

Posted by rshah on June 06, 2001| Comments (0)


Instant Messaging Is a Bundle for Microsoft

Instant Messaging Is a Bundle for Microsoft
Microsoft announced that its upcoming Windows XP operating system will include a single interface for various modes of real-time communication between users. In addition to text-based instant messaging, the technology enables video-conferencing and collaboration on shared files and applications.

Posted by rshah on June 06, 2001| Comments (0)


Skirting AOL Checksumming, Legally?

Skirting AOL Checksumming -- Legally?
A less-than-anonymous coward pointed out an interesting story on NewsForge outlining a (hypothetical) system for avoiding AOL's occasional cutting-off of non-official clients. Whether this is particularly legal, or only hard to catch, is another question, but it sounds workable. Of course, wouldn't it be better to just use an actually open and extensible format instead?

Posted by rshah on April 19, 2001| Comments (0)


Skirting AOL Checksumming -- Legally?

Skirting AOL Checksumming -- Legally?
A less-than-anonymous coward pointed out an interesting story on NewsForge outlining a (hypothetical) system for avoiding AOL's occasional cutting-off of non-official clients. Whether this is particularly legal, or only hard to catch, is another question, but it sounds workable. Of course, wouldn't it be better to just use an actually open and extensible format instead?

Posted by rshah on April 19, 2001| Comments (0)


Jabber As The Coming IM Standard?

Jabber As The Coming IM Standard?
Rocky Mountain News just posted an decent article regarding Jabber. "That makes Jabber the "best candidate for becoming the de facto standard" of the instant-messaging industry, Kobielus said, in much the same way Linux has been to the Unix operating system and Apache has been to Web servers."

Posted by rshah on April 17, 2001| Comments (0)


Jabber As The Coming IM Standard?

Jabber As The Coming IM Standard?
Rocky Mountain News just posted an decent article regarding Jabber. "That makes Jabber the "best candidate for becoming the de facto standard" of the instant-messaging industry, Kobielus said, in much the same way Linux has been to the Unix operating system and Apache has been to Web servers."

Posted by rshah on April 17, 2001| Comments (0)


Did AOL Shoot the Messenger

Did AOL Shoot the Messenger
A study has raised questions about AOL's controversial move to cut off the rest of the IM world. The decision may have backfired by effectively limiting the potential growth of AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) and by forcing the media giant into a protracted war with the powerful software company--just as AOL Time Warner faces other problems, ranging from merger integration to government regulation.

Posted by rshah on April 05, 2001| Comments (0)


Did AOL Shoot the Messenger

Did AOL Shoot the Messenger
A study has raised questions about AOL's controversial move to cut off the rest of the IM world. The decision may have backfired by effectively limiting the potential growth of AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) and by forcing the media giant into a protracted war with the powerful software company--just as AOL Time Warner faces other problems, ranging from merger integration to government regulation.

Posted by rshah on April 05, 2001| Comments (0)


So What's Disconnecting Oscar

So What's Disconnecting Oscar
The GAIM developers have posted an excellent document on the recent battles with AOL. New techniques which were always supported in the official clients, but never actually used until now, are being used so they don't break the official clients. Quite a clever solution. Is this the end of the open-source AIM clones being able to use OSCAR?, see also Slashdot

Posted by rshah on March 29, 2001| Comments (0)


So What's Disconnecting Oscar

So What's Disconnecting Oscar
The GAIM developers have posted an excellent document on the recent battles with AOL. New techniques which were always supported in the official clients, but never actually used until now, are being used so they don't break the official clients. Quite a clever solution. Is this the end of the open-source AIM clones being able to use OSCAR?, see also Slashdot

Posted by rshah on March 29, 2001| Comments (0)


AOL Blocking Open Source IM Clones ... Again

AOL Blocking Open Source IM Clones ... Again
AOL has been attempting to block access to AIM via Jabber, GAIM, and other open source projects based on libfaim. Both Jabber.org and Jabber.com have issued statements, and are welcoming AOL to work together with the community in creating an open server to server interoperability solution that meets their FCC Conditions.

Posted by rshah on March 23, 2001| Comments (0)


AOL Blocking Open Source IM Clones ... Again

AOL Blocking Open Source IM Clones ... Again
AOL has been attempting to block access to AIM via Jabber, GAIM, and other open source projects based on libfaim. Both Jabber.org and Jabber.com have issued statements, and are welcoming AOL to work together with the community in creating an open server to server interoperability solution that meets their FCC Conditions.

Posted by rshah on March 23, 2001| Comments (0)


New MSN Messenger fuels rivalry against AOL

New MSN Messenger fuels rivalry against AOL
Microsoft is close to launching a new version of its instant messaging service that could link its network with rivals such as Yahoo, according to sources familiar with the plans.

Posted by rshah on February 07, 2001| Comments (0)


New MSN Messenger fuels rivalry against AOL

New MSN Messenger fuels rivalry against AOL
Microsoft is close to launching a new version of its instant messaging service that could link its network with rivals such as Yahoo, according to sources familiar with the plans.

Posted by rshah on February 07, 2001| Comments (0)


TribalVoice shuts down PowWow

TribalVoice shuts down PowWow
TribalVoice who was probably the only real threat to AOL in the instant messenger field, since AOL's acquisition of ICQ. David fought Goliath and lost. Now the only one left fighting AOL over IM, is Microsoft. See also Slashdot

Posted by rshah on January 19, 2001| Comments (0)


TribalVoice shuts down PowWow

TribalVoice shuts down PowWow
TribalVoice who was probably the only real threat to AOL in the instant messenger field, since AOL's acquisition of ICQ. David fought Goliath and lost. Now the only one left fighting AOL over IM, is Microsoft. See also Slashdot

Posted by rshah on January 19, 2001| Comments (0)


FCC applies conditions to AOL's Instant Messaging

FCC applies conditions to AOL's Instant Messaging
See also the FCC documents on Merger

Posted by rshah on January 12, 2001| Comments (0)


FCC applies conditions to AOL's Instant Messaging

FCC applies conditions to AOL's Instant Messaging
See also the FCC documents on Merger

Posted by rshah on January 12, 2001| Comments (0)


IETF split on instant messaging standard

IETF split on instant messaging standard
The Internet Engineering Task Force seems hopelessly split on the issue of instant messaging standardization, making it likely that the international standards body will develop several communications protocols and let the market decide which is best.

Posted by rshah on December 20, 2000| Comments (0)


IETF split on instant messaging standard

IETF split on instant messaging standard
The Internet Engineering Task Force seems hopelessly split on the issue of instant messaging standardization, making it likely that the international standards body will develop several communications protocols and let the market decide which is best.

Posted by rshah on December 20, 2000| Comments (0)


America Online and its competitors are bringing their biggest guns to the Federal Communications Commission to fight over IM

America Online and its competitors are bringing their biggest guns to the Federal Communications Commission to fight over IM

Posted by rshah on December 20, 2000| Comments (0)


America Online and its competitors are bringing their biggest guns to the Federal Communications Commission to fight over IM

America Online and its competitors are bringing their biggest guns to the Federal Communications Commission to fight over IM

Posted by rshah on December 20, 2000| Comments (0)


AOL's lead in instant messaging arena dwindles

AOL's lead in instant messaging arena dwindles
America Online's dominance in instant messaging has long been unquestioned, but it may not be as monopolistic as many of the company's fiercest critics portray it, a new study shows.

Posted by rshah on November 16, 2000| Comments (0)


AOL's lead in instant messaging arena dwindles

AOL's lead in instant messaging arena dwindles
America Online's dominance in instant messaging has long been unquestioned, but it may not be as monopolistic as many of the company's fiercest critics portray it, a new study shows.

Posted by rshah on November 16, 2000| Comments (0)


Hacking AIM and removing ads

Hacking AIM and removing ads
See also Slashdot

Posted by rshah on September 25, 2000| Comments (0)


AOL out of instant messaging standard bake-off

AOL out of instant messaging standard bake-off
THE INTERNET ENGINEERING Task Force has zeroed in on three technical proposals for creating an instant messaging standard, but the finalists do not include market leader America Online.

Posted by rshah on September 11, 2000| Comments (0)


Imici blocked by AOL

Imici blocked by AOL

Posted by rshah on August 19, 2000| Comments (0)


Free IM

Free IM
FreeIM.org is an initiative comprised of companies and individuals who believe that Instant Messaging should be unfettered.

Posted by rshah on June 30, 2000| Comments (0)


Competition

Competition
A wide range of competitors, including Yahoo, Excite@Home, and iCast, are forging a common voice of concern regarding the AOL - Time Warner merger and in particular AOL's refusal to open its instant messaging service to the competition

Posted by rshah on June 24, 2000| Comments (0)


AOL Keeps Blocking Strategy

AOL Keeps Blocking Strategy

Posted by rshah on June 24, 2000| Comments (0)


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