Online service provider Lineone will launch its own instant messaging service this Thursday.
Called Ping, it will be a Web based instant messaging product complete with buddy lists to allow Lineone members to chat online, see if friends are surfing the Internet and find new friends by reading member profiles.
Lineone managing director Ajay Chowdhury revealed to VNU Newswire how, unlike AOL's Instant Messenger and other instant messaging products, the user doesn’t need to download the software onto their PC. Instead, it resides on Lineone’s server to allow members access to the Ping service from any Web connected PC.
Chowdhury added that while at present only Lineone members will be able to use Ping to chat to each other, if AOL opens up its code for its instant messaging products, then it can be used to chat with those users as well.
In July Microsoft announced instant messaging for members of its MSN portal. As it allowed connection to users of AOL’s own Instant Messenger product, AOL immediately blocked access from MSN users claiming it compromises its members’ details. see Newswire 27 July
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