Microsoft to rule instant messaging?
I just read Joels Strategy letter 1 from May 12, 2000 :
So what... the competition in IM is so intense, that companies are giving IM for free.
Well, I just found it interesting that Microsoft have found a way to break the lock-in in instant messaging, showing that they are very adept at competing in markets where they at first compete against far bigger competitors(in that marketplace).
I recently came across skype ( www.skype.com ). As an IM-client its pretty primitive, but its realtime voice com is the best Ive seen so far without dedicated hardware.
The profit isn't in the IM client - it's in leveraging the IM network. If MS can get professionals using MSN Messenger (MSNM), then they can put alerts and reporting into their packaging. Also realize that the formula here may be the same as anywhere else - MS may win because everyone else stops trying.
I think MSN is getting there because it has the simplest interface. I tend to agree that ICQ have blown it by getting too complicated.
I have never used MS Messenger. Is there some report proclaiming them the winner that I missed?
All stock traders I meet at work uses the AOL messenger here in New York to communicate between them. I am a developer and we use Microsoft messenger. I however work at a European company, so AOL was never an option, most Europeans use either Microsoft or Yahoo messenger.
Frankly, I think MS will win because they have the best interface.
Or alternatively MS will win because MSNM comes with Windows... (Or at least windows messenger, which will now, i presume after protocol changes, simply ask you to upgrade to MSNM6). That sounds like a bit of a lesson from history eh?
"Frankly, I think MS will win because they have the best interface."
Charmin (Procter&Gamble) is the strongest tissue paper brand in the US, if not a monopoly.
"showing that they are very adept at competing in markets..."
AOL Messenger isn't Unicode aware (and neither are most of the all-in-one programs). But MSN Messenger is. Allows my mom to type in Hindi to her non-English speaking sister in India.
"If MS can get professionals using MSN Messenger (MSNM), then they can put alerts and reporting into their packaging."
"In the same sense that the 100lb. school yard bully is adept at getting his 50lb. classmates to share their lunch money."
I wish apple would get into this market.
christopher baus (tahoe, nv)
ICQ search is the best though. For example I just use these parameters all the time: female, age 20-29 (or 30-39), and then the city or country. It's not that easy with other chat program to find the girls that I'm interested to chat with.
Yes, it's amazing that all the really hot 6ft tall blonde models are on ICQ isn't it.
No Damian, of course not that kind of babe. But at least some lonely widows are on ICQ to cure their loneliness..and if you're smart you can be their friends.
No, thats shit.
Just to remind of Jabber existence :)
Hmmm MSN Messenger is one thing (and is bloated) but MS also have "Windows Messenger" which cuts out most or all of the fluff and is designed to work with a local IM server and/or the MSN ones... *doesn't* require a passport account if you have a local MS IM server, and which can be easily distributed & controlled on a Windows 2000 or 2003 domain based network via policies.
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