REDMOND, Wash. (Bloomberg) - Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, has stopped linking its instant messaging system with America Online Inc.'s instant electronic-mail program, the companies said.
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its registered number of users surpassing the 19 million mark. Due to the lack of a standard, or unwillingness of the companies to reach an agreement, Microsoft has ceased linking the two Instant Messaging systems. The advantage to a linked system, beyond end-user communication, is attraction to the service providers website, which generates sales. AOL's Instant Messenger application, available for download at either www.netscape.com or www.aol.com has, for the time being, won the Instant Messaging war.