February 6, 2001
Microsoft MSN Messenger 4.0, due for release in March or April, will all users to send and receive messages with Yahoo Messenger and Odigo users, hastening the efforts to create a single IM standard. Microsoft hopes to create public support for open IM standards and loosen AOLs grip on the IM market.
AOL currently claims the largest user community, but faces serious competition from rivals Microsoft and Yahoo.
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