Yahoo, MSN Messengers Combining Forces

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  1. mac-er macrumors 65816

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    Yahoo and Microsoft are forming an alliance to allow Yahoo! Messenger and MSN Messenger to interoperate.
     
  2. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    For those people who use Yahoo Messenger, this if frickin BIG news This may also mean that Mac users get to video webcam chat with MSN users (without using aMSN or Mercury IM, that is).
     
  3. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    That leaves AOL. We should have a common standard just like email.... one can only hope.
     
  4. Deepdale macrumors 68000

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    That would be warmly welcomed by the masses. AOL has been steadily losing market share and it will be interesting to see their next move in response to the Yahoo-MS agreement.
     
  5. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    If AOL teams with Google, the world will be divided in 2 once again.

    If Google Talk joins MSN and AIM, AOL is fooked. I'm sure AOL is on the phone with Google right now, sorting out details.
     
  6. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    Actually, if they could sort out a deal, that wouldn't be too bad. I'd rather have 2 services than 4...
     
  7. fayans macrumors 6502a

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    This is remotely possible, IMO.
     
  8. Bern macrumors 68000

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    What is more likely is Gates is looking to monopolise the messenger market and we will have even less options available to us. Let's face it, MS could have enabled video support in the current MSN update but instead chose to make it an even more inferior version than it already was.
     
  9. Merf macrumors regular

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    I like having options. I think the more the better.


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  10. superbovine macrumors 68030

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    don't forget AOL owns ICQ as well, but that isn't a very popular messageing system.
     
  11. dubbz macrumors 68020

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    Not anymore, at least. I remember when I and everyone I knew used ICQ...
     
  12. superbovine macrumors 68030

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    Who owns them or they on their own?
     
  13. lordmac macrumors regular

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    Hahaha not very popular, it still has the most register user of any of the im services. Also this will be interesting the msn and yahoo thing, but from what people tell me who are in the im business, they are going to have a lot of technical problems in merging the 2 networks, not to mention namespace problems. So it should be interesting to see how they figure out how to do it. Course the other thing is even together aim still has more registered users, and many more active users. MSN and yahoo have a huge amount of registered but inactive users.
     
  14. lordmac macrumors regular

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    No?? aol still very much owns icq, they don't exorcize much control over it but they still own it in full.
     
  15. zap2 macrumors 604

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    i like AIM( use iChat cuz mac AIM is bad) if i did not have iChat i would use AIM
     

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