Rohit Khare (rohit@bordeaux.ICS.uci.edu)
Tue, 03 Mar 1998 01:58:18 -0800

Jeff --

What do you make of MS's buyout of flash, a potential competitor of yours?

[oddly, I couldn't find anything at MS's virtual press room]

Microsoft (MSFT) has acquired Boston-based start-up
Flash Communications, which is developing software for
instant messaging networks and buddy lists.

They bought six employees, F.O.B. to redmond to embed it in Exchange and
NetMeeting. They have a three-year plan. This news article, at least, did
everything to pooh-pooh Netscape/AOL for not supporting MSIETF's RVP drafts --
and didn;'t mention any of the other instant-messagin entrants *at all*,
except to malign some shareware products. Sheesh. Activerse, at least, has
been a supporter of RVP.

As Masnick said in his newsletter, Up-to-date:

With MS buying a messaging/buddy system, I think soon folks will start
clamoring for more of a standard. ICQers will want to talk with the
Netscape/AOL system, or iChat. Eventually, I see this capability being
incorporated directly into the browser...

Jeff, you're coming to LA, right? I should organize a major FoRKcon at IETF...