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[News] [Rival] Microsoft's Messenger Goes Nuts Due to Glitch

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Oops: Microsoft wonk hits Live Messenger red button

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| Microsoft has said sorry to users of its Windows Live Messenger service after 
| it sent out a missive yesterday wrongly instructing people to change their 
| email addresses.  



Microsoft Restores Service After Hotmail Outage

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| Microsoft scrambled to fix a global outage that hit its Windows Live Hotmail
| service for several hours on Thursday.


About those Windows Live Messenger outages…

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| On Thursday September 11, I — like many of my IM contacts around the world —
| couldn’t sign into Live Messenger for a number of hours.



Pidgin IM vs MSN Messenger

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| Pidgin is open-source
| An open-source software have many advantages: It’s free most of the time, and
| its source code is accessible, so you can be sure that no backdoor exists in
| the program
| Pidgin can deal with 16 IM protocol
| Of course, Pidgin works with the MSN protocol, but also on AIM, Bonjour,
| Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, Groupwise, ICQ, IRC, MySpaceIM, QQ, SILC, SIMPLE,
| Sametime, XMPP, Yahoo! Messenger and Zephyr, for a total of 16 IM protocols.
| Remember some years ago, when you had to download a new client just because
| the friend you wanted to talk to didn’t use the same protocol as you? With
| Pidgin, this time’s over.
| Note, Pidgin can also work with the Skype protocol.
| Pidgin is advertising-free
| Microsoft makes lots of money with the Windows Live Messenger ads. Pidgin
| developers aren’t that interested in money: The software is advertising-free,
| which results in more speed and less memory use.


Trojan horse spreads quickly through Microsoft's IM

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| "This is really growing rapidly," said Lichtman. Six hours after it first
| found the Trojan horse, Aladdin put the total number of assembled bots at
| about 500; three hours later, that had climbed to several thousand. By 12:30
| p.m. EST Monday, the botnet had been built out to 11,000 machines.


Is Microsoft Missing the IM Interoperability Boat?

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| IBM's Lotus Sametime 7.5 instant messaging customers can now
| communicate with users of AIM and Google Talk, and will be able
| to do so with Yahoo Messenger in a matter of weeks.

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