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Microsoft & Yahoo To Merge Messaging Services

Discussion in 'Technology' started by migzzzz, Oct 12, 2005.

  1. migzzzz

    migzzzz TRIBE Member


    Unable to swap instant messages with your best buddy because you use MSN and they prefer Yahoo? You may soon be exchanging online memos as Microsoft and Yahoo are reportedly planning on linking their instant messaging services.

    The two companies are trying to take on the market leader America Online, and this messaging merger would be the first major alliance between rival providers of the instantaneous service.

    The link-up would also reportedly allow MSN and Yahoo instant messaging users to communicate with each other via voice – a service that so far is only offered to users within each service.

    AOL holds the majority of instant messaging space, with 56 percent, according to research firm Radicati Group.

    In August, Google launched an instant messenger, which also has the voice communication feature. The combined force of Microsoft and Yahoo poses a serious threat to the current market leader and others.

    Big bucks are at stake as the ability of each company to attract users to its speedy communication service helps them rake in advertising dollars.

    The technology behind this merger already exists and is used in Microsoft’s corporate online messaging service.

    But being able to send instant messages to different services using a single program is nothing new. Trillian is a unified messaging service and allows users to send and receive instant messages from AOL, MSN, Yahoo and other providers if they have an account with each one.
  2. Sleepy Giant

    Sleepy Giant TRIBE Member

    Now you would only need either of MSN or Yahoo to message someone?
  3. Cheer Bear

    Cheer Bear TRIBE Member

    this should be interesting.

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