[jdev] MSN: an open protocol?

Mattias Campe Mattias.Campe at UGent.be
Sat Jun 5 17:00:50 CDT 2004


I just read the article that Peter Saint-Andre posted in the 
news-mailinglist about GAIM [1], where I read:

Gaim's Egan is unapologetic about accessing the public MSN and AOL 
networks. "I don't pretend to know anything about law, but I don't think 
there's any injustice being done," he told internetnews.com.

"Both services have servers listening for protocols [an open protocol in 
MSN's case] on the Internet. We write software to implement these 
protocols. Microsoft won't complain if we write a client that talks to 
its IIS Web server, but if we write one that talks to its MSN Messenger 
servers, we need to be a partner?"

It states "an open protocol in MSN's case", but is MSN like completely 
open? I thought it was a closed protocol, or isn't it completely closed? 
Or did the author meant "an open protocol in Jabbers case".

Please, bring me some clarity :-) ...


[1] http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/article.php/3363481

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