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Yahoo-Microsoft IM Convergence

Posted on 10.12.2005

Yahoo! Inc. and Microsoft Corp. today announced a landmark agreement to connect users of their consumer instant messaging (IM) services on a global basis. The industry's first interoperability agreement between two distinct leading global consumer IM providers will give MSN Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger users the ability to interact with each other, forming what is expected to be the largest consumer IM community in the world, estimated to be more than 275 million strong. So what does this mean to you? Well, if you are a user of instant messaging it means you may only have to use your preferred interface instead of downloading two and navigating between the two. You may find it interesting that Google Talk was left our of the partnership equation.

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