Users of the recently released Trillian instant messaging software have had a dilemma on their hands over the last few days after AOL continually blocked the software from accessing its AOL Instant Messenger (Aim) system.
In a situation reminiscent of Microsoft's and Yahoo's battles with AOL during 1999 and 2000, the company has again refused to allow third parties to hook instant messaging software into its own network.
As the dominant player in the market, AOL has long resisted attempts to force it to join the instant messaging open standards movement backed by AT&T, [email protected], Yahoo and Microsoft, all of which have their own messaging systems.
But startup Cerulean said that its Trillian software rose to popularity because it offers a single interface for users to connect to Yahoo Instant Messenger, Microsoft Instant Messenger, IRC, ICQ and, theoretically, Aim.
But as with others before it AOL has blocked access from Trillian, citing potential security problems that could arise from allowing third-party access to its network.
Undeterred, Cerulean is using 'another day, another release' mentality and has released one workaround and two updates designed to allow access to the Aim network. But AOL has found a way of blocking access each time.
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