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They must be worried sick about Michael Robertson’s IMFederation plans and Google’s desire to make its Google Talk client work with other IM clients. Otherwise why else would Yahoo and MSN bury the hatchet and get their IM clients talking to each other. Andy Abramson broke […]

They must be worried sick about Michael Robertson’s IMFederation plans and Google’s desire to make its Google Talk client work with other IM clients. Otherwise why else would Yahoo and MSN bury the hatchet and get their IM clients talking to each other. Andy Abramson broke the story. Other reports suggest that VoIP is part of the deal. Andy says it best when he writes…

Somehow with a move like that, and a potential AOL/MSN alliance it is starting to look like we will be having a three way dance between the Portal IM players, Skype and Google.

Update: They way I see it – for Microsoft this is a vital move especially from an enterprise perspective. The more interoperable they become, the more valuable their Live Communication Server becomes. Thanks to Dare for clarifying that. A full press release and the conference call later, it is all about the consumer.

Some salient points from the conference call.

1. The Mac clients will interoperate as well.
2. They totally announced the service waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy long before they can actually deliver it, which is sometime in second quarter of 2006. A panic inspired move, as Google’s federation efforts get more traction?
3. I still don’t find the business logic of it as of now. PC-to-PC calling is Skype’s game for now and this doesn’t change that. PC-to-PC VoIM minutes are nothing to write home about, especially on non-Skype networks.
4. I got a impression, that they did not have talks with AOL or Google or Skype to make the whole IM ecosystem come together.
5. Frankly, I am not as impressed with this big “news” event.

Like it or not, they still have to deal with AOL’s IM at some point in the future.

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  1. If Terry Semel wants to be true to his recent declarations at Web 2.0, of Yahoo being more open than Google, then this move of opening just to Microsoft cannot be but a first step.

  2. GizmoProject Journal Wednesday, October 12, 2005

    Microsoft and Yahoo listen to Michael Robertson :)

    As reported first by Andy Abramson, and commented by Om Malik with explicit reference to Michael Robertson’s IMfederation initiative, Microsoft and Yahoo announced that their IM clients will talk to each other. Not enough, Terry Semel, if you want to…

  3. >They way I see it – for Microsoft this is a vital move especially from an enterprise perspective. The more interoperable they become, the more valuable their Live Communication Server becomes. I guess, both parties come out winners in this deal.

    LCS already interops with all 3 major IM networks. That’s why the press releases point out that it is CONSUMER IM interoperability. See http://www.microsoft.com/office/livecomm/prodinfo/publicim.mspx#EFB

  4. The latest search engine stuff

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  5. Alec Saunders .LOG Wednesday, October 12, 2005

    MSN / Yahoo

    I just tuned into the conference call on the MSN / Yahoo Interop Agreement that was announced this morning.  The salient details?  In six to nine months users of both networks will have text, voice, emoticon and presence interoperability, cr…

  6. MSN / Yahoo — Alec Saunders .LOG Wednesday, October 12, 2005

    [...] Om Malik is clearly unimpressed.  His delightful strikeouts say it all: They way I see it – for Microsoft this is a vital move especially from an enterprise perspective. The more interoperable they become, the more valuable their Live Communication Server becomes. Thanks to Dare for clarifying that. A full press release and the conference call later, it is all about the consumer. [...]

  7. Anurag (Anu) Nigam Wednesday, October 12, 2005

    I think the reason they did this isn’t for the desktop, but for mobile devices. Most users are using the cell phone more and they are frustrated with the IM clients that don’t work together. If they aren’t interoperable on the cell phone then users will keep using SMS or MMS. By working together, they hope to make IM the client of choice on the cell phone.

  8. Yahoo, Microsoft to lower IM walls

    The Associated Press and several others are reporting that Microsoft and Yahoo have reached a deal to let users of their respective instant messaging products talk to each other. From the AP story: A Yahoo-Microsoft partnership, allowing users of the…

  9. You are contradicting yourself. First off you say the interoperability is no big deal (meaning this changes nothing). And then you say that they HAVE to deal with AOL’s IM (presumably meaning this would change something). Explain me please.

  10. How about facilitating click-to-call and the related pay-per-call that was the talk of the town when eBay/Skype “partnership” was announced?

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