Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Microsoft and Yahoo! Can Chat With Each Other

As promised by the two companies last year, Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo's Messenger with Voice (both instant messaging clients) can now interoperate on a basic level. If you use one of these two services, you can add contacts from the other service and chat with them without using a second IM service. At this point, the only interoperability is the chat function. Other IM aggregators allow interoperability between multiple IM services with additional functionality. I'm hoping to see Microsoft and Yahoo! incorporate more common IM functionality. On the other hand, with aggregators, you have to sign in on multiple IM services; with Microsoft/Yahoo, you only need one. A nice benefit. [PCMag.com]

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