AOL opens up IM

Posted on Monday, Mar 06 2006 @ 22:26 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Today AOL announced a toolkit that enables developers to create their own version of the popular instant messaging product from AOL.
While AOL controls a large portion of the instant messaging market, it faces strong competition from Yahoo, Microsoft and Google. The company has staunchly fought off attempts competitors to link up with its service.

And AOL's not budging from that position. While the toolkit will let creators come up with their own versions of the AIM service, they'll still be prohibited from linking up to a competitor's network.
More details over here.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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