The Null Device
AIM/ICQ goes XMPP
It's a good day for open standards; firstly, Yahoo (partly) embraces OpenID and Microsoft commit to opening their document formats, and now AOL are moving AIM and ICQ to the XMPP protocol
. They now have an experimental XMPP
server at xmpp.oscar.aol.com
, with usernames being the user's AIM ID or ICQ number followed by @aol.com
. They also seem to have a SIP server at sip.oscar.aol.com
Could this be the end of proprietary, locked-in IM networks and the start of an age in which IM is a commodity service, running on open standards, much like email?
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