Yahoo, MSN Play Nice on VoIM

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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