Microsoft New Online Messenger ~ Dope Slaps AOL’s Instant Messenger
Written By: P. Hayes
Published On: July 21 2000
Microsoft New Online Messenger ~ Dope Slaps AOL's Instant Messenger
REDMOND, Wash. (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. on Thursday, July 20 debuted
a new version of its online messenger software beefed up with free long-distance
Internet phone service that turns up the heat on messaging arch-rival
America Online Inc.
In the inevitable leapfrog race of instant messaging, Microsoft has thrown
down a straight flush with the debut of MSN Instant Messenger 3.0, incorporating
free Net2Phone. We are certain that interoperability with any version
of AOL's Instant Messenger client is about as likely as the immediate
emergence of flying cars. So why would users switch from AOL's Instant
Messaging client to Microsoft's? Quite simple really, throw in free long
distance phone service, offer a comparable and competitive set of base
features, and then to make sure you succeed, give it away for free. And
just to add injury to insult Microsoft wirelessly enabled the release
to embrace the interaction of WAP enabled devices with its user base.
only real question here is, how far behind is AOL? Given the combined
resources of AOL and Time Warner we would imagine not long. In fact the
probability of a beta release containing a competitive version with free
voice communication by the end of the 3rd quarter is approximately 85%.
Given that AOL has an Instant Messenger user population of greater than
20 Million, no one expects a max exodus, and neither does Microsoft. Both
clients can be run on an Internet connected multi-media PC simultaneously,
negating the need to choose one client over the other.
is expecting, and rightfully so, to attract millions of users to their
Online Messenger client. Both companies generate tremendous revenue from
Internet advertising displayed within the client, in addition to commercial
Stated very simply, go get it, download it, and use it to save yourself
money. Whether you are a small business or a home based computer user
or flat out computing enthusiast, get it! The technology found in Microsoft's
Online Messenger 3.0 is good, functional and proven (not to mention 'way
previously mentioned, the application does not force you to give up your
AOL Instant Messenger, allowing both clients to be run simultaneously.
AOL will offer the comparable technological advancements in Instant Messenger,
its not there now, so why wait?