[jdev] MSN: an open protocol?

Julian Missig julian at jabber.org
Sat Jun 5 18:29:10 CDT 2004

As far as I'm aware, the MSN protocol has been /published/, but in my 
eyes that doesn't particularly make it Open.


On 5 Jun 2004, at 18:00, Mattias Campe wrote:

> Hello,
> I just read the article that Peter Saint-Andre posted in the 
> news-mailinglist about GAIM [1], where I read:
> <quote>
> 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?"
> </quote>
> 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 :-) ...
> Greetings,
> Mattias
> [1] http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/article.php/3363481
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