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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Microsoft and Yahoo in buddy link

Microsoft and Yahoo have added each other to their "buddy lists", announcing a landmark agreement on Wednesday to link two of the world's biggest instant-messaging (IM) services.

The deal marks a breakthrough in the biggest inter-operability problem facing consumers. Unlike the telephone system, where users can reach one another across any network, AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo, Google and Skype all operate networks whose members cannot talk to users of competing services.

Microsoft and Yahoo said they would enable inter-connectivity in the second quarter of 2006 so that users could see members of the other service in their desktop lists as well as message them, use "smiley" emoticons and make a PC-to-PC voice call.

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