12/21/2005

AOL And Google To Making Their IM Interoperable.

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 8:02 am

A significant instant messaging project between Google Inc. and America Online is now underway.

Google and AOL plan to let their respective instant messaging features communicate. This way, someone using Google Talk could chat with an AIM user, and vice versa.

The integration pact was announced Tuesday as part of a larger deal.

As previously reported, Google now owns a 5 percent stake of AOL, and has also extended an important advertising relationship with AOL for another five years.

The new IM partnership takes on significance because of who AOL did not partner with, namely Yahoo Inc. or Microsoft’s MSN, the two other top IM makers.

The apparent underlying message is that the three sides still don’t yet see eye-to-eye on the complex business and technological arrangements necessary for integration.

Source: eWeek

 

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