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Live Messenger Now Integrating With Everybody

Microsoft has decided to be the market-breaker, working on a version of Windows Live Messenger that will be able to communicate with Google Talk, AOL Instant Messenger and ICQ. They’ve already completed the GTalk portion of the integration, and are working on AIM and ICQ. Considering that LiveIM already interoperates with Yahoo Messenger, Microsoft would be the first mainstream free client to connect all the major network protocols. How exciting!

How will the rest of the market react? Considering how long it takes Yahoo Messenger to release anything, and how Google Talk is being mismanaged by Google, Microsoft could be at the top of the heap for many months. I know that the second GTalk interoperation is released, I’ll stop using GTalk, and I suspect I’m not the only one.

UPDATE: Apparently, the article Mashable linked to is based on a LiveSide post from two months ago. I suggest reading the post, which does talk about possible Google Talk/AIM integration, though not as definitively, and several other very interesting things.

December 27th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Live, Messenger, Yahoo, Google, Windows | 4 comments

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  1. […] under: Messenger  1 Views Over at Inside Microsoft, this headline popped out ” Live Messenger Now Integrating with Everybody ”, with link to Mashable ” Google Talk and Windows Live Messenger 9 Get Friendly”. […]

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  2. I don’t even know anyone who uses Gtalk.

    Personally, I favor WLM out of them all, because it’s super easy to customize, has tons of features like games, Xbox 360 integration, first to come with status message, quik to check e-mail, like some of their bots, ads don’t pop out or move too much, etc. It’s worked nice.

    Just wished for a few new things, like full screen video chat, better emoticons, and such.

    Comment by Michael | December 28, 2007

  3. […] Windows Live,不希望错过任何消息,Inside Microsoft 消息:"Live Messenger Now Integrating with Everybody (12月27日)"。 Mashable 也有消息:"Google Talk and Windows Live Messenger 9 Get […]

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