Microsoft Is The Latest IM To Block Trillian

from the we-need-interoperability... dept

Every time I post a story here about IM interoperability (or the lack of it), someone yells at me for not knowing about Trillian. I know about Trillian. I also remember how AOL spent plenty of time trying to block Trillian from working with AIM, until they finally came to some sort of truce. So, Trillian is not the solution. For example, MSN is getting ready to upgrade their IM product and have warned Trillian users that the product will no longer work with MS Messenger. So, while it's likely that some sort of deal will be worked out by the time the product actually launches, folks using products like Trillian are constantly at the mercy of AOL, Yahoo, and Microsoft. If there were an IM interoperability standard that everyone agreed to, then this wouldn't matter.

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  1. identicon
    Bill Gates, Aug 21st, 2003 @ 7:51am

    Say La Vie MSN ...

    MSN's loss ...
    I refuse to be bullied into using multiple chat clients ... the vast majority of my contacts do not use MSN Messenger because it is far too intrusive anyhow ...
    This is the equivilent of theoretically having to have multiple telephones because the telcom industry doesn't want to work together.
    MSN Messenger blows ...

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  2. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Aug 21st, 2003 @ 7:59am

    No Subject Given

    Vote with your choice of IM client.
    Choose not to use MSN or any of the other " big 3 " that plays unfair and eventually a standard will have to occur.
    I'm sticking with Trillian.

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  3. identicon
    Doug, Aug 21st, 2003 @ 8:04am

    New Improved MSN Messenger

    Hmmm... I wonder if Microsoft's cutting off Trillian is related to this article at The Inquirer.

    They noticed that the EULA for the new version of MSN Messenger has some interesting clauses:

    Microsoft reserves the right to replace, modify or upgrade the SOFTWARE at any time ... and to charge for such replacement, modification or upgrade.

    ... your continued use of the SOFTWARE is conditioned on your acceptance of such replacement or modified version of or upgrade to the SOFTWARE...

    What's that saying about the first one being free?

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  4. identicon
    Oliver Wendell Jones, Aug 21st, 2003 @ 8:20am

    I'm upset by this

    Myself and several friends use MSN Messenger v4.6 for one reason - it's the latest version of MSN Messenger to integrate with Microsoft's Sidewinder GameVoice software which allows for VoIP communictions.

    Microsoft has dropped all support for Sidewinder game products, which has been no problem up until now, but it pisses me off that they're drawing the line between v4.6 and v4.7, as that leaves us in a lurch.

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  5. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Aug 21st, 2003 @ 8:40am

    No Subject Given

    Who uses MSN Messenger anyway?

    If you've got any sense you'll use ICQ with it's encryption abilities and a reasonably "open" protocol.

    Trillian is still the best IM client for Windows though.

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  6. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Aug 21st, 2003 @ 8:43am

    Re: New Improved MSN Messenger

    THANK YOU for sharing this article with us !

    Knowledge IS power !

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  7. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Aug 21st, 2003 @ 8:46am

    Re: I'm upset by this

    This is what happens when you put too much reliance on one company - Microsoft, McDonald's, Wal-Mart - just to name a few

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