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Messenger Protocol

Some time back Microsoft made a big stink out of being locked out of Yahoo's IM system, so in a transparent attempt at seeming like the benevolent actor in the drama, they made a big fuss about releasing the Messenger protocol to the industry, embracing open standards.

Strangely, though, I can't find any updated information regarding this. Anyone know what happened with the initiative? Are open standards only worthwhile when you're the underdog?

Dennis Forbes
Thursday, May 20, 2004

I don't know - there was a draft at but it's not there any more and I can't find anything newer, but here's Google's cache of the draft that someone has copied:

Thursday, May 20, 2004

have you looked at

Whilst its not MS approved, it does document the protocol failry extensively.

Its currently on my todo list to evalute this and see how well it works

Thursday, May 20, 2004

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