The Other Shoe

Microsoft and Yahoo announced some time ago plans to make their respective IM services interoperable. Not to be left out, AOL and Google apparently will also make their instant-messaging software compatible as part of the recently announced expanded partnership. According to the WSJ (paid), Google users will have to set up AOL Instant Messenger accounts to make the services work together. Is universal IM interoperability too much to ask? Yeah, I know, to a large degree it exists with services like Trillian – but it should be as simple as email…

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