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Microsoft and Yahoo! Announce Landmark Interoperability Agreement

Monty Solomon (
Wed, 12 Oct 2005 12:10:36 -0400

Microsoft and Yahoo! Announce Landmark Interoperability Agreement
to Connect Consumer Instant Messaging Communities Globally
- Oct 12, 2005 10:30 AM (PR Newswire)

Consumers will be able to exchange instant messages, see presence,
share emoticons and add friends from Yahoo! Messenger or MSN

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/
-- Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) 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(R) Messenger and Yahoo!(R)
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.

Being able to instant message between IM communities is one of the
features most requested by MSN Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger users,
and Microsoft and Yahoo! share a commitment to provide IM
interoperability while keeping consumer security and privacy first and
foremost. In addition to exchanging instant messages, consumers from
both communities will be able to see their friends' online presence,
share select emoticons, and easily add new contacts from either
service to their friends' list, all as part of their free IM service.*
Yahoo! and Microsoft plan to introduce these interconnectivity
capabilities between MSN Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger to customers
around the world in the second quarter of 2006, and in doing so expect
to help make IM an even more useful part of consumers' online
communications and communities.


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