Yahoo and Microsoft Make Instant Messages Compatible

In what The Wall Street Journal is called "a competitive realignment of the heated Internet industry," Yahoo and Microsoft will allow consumers using free communications services -- including instant messaging and computer-to-computer voice calling -- to communicate directly with each other.  The Journal reports that the alliance would challenge the leading instant-messaging market share of America Online. AOL has long resisted letting users of other instant-messaging services connect with its own. Read more.

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