Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 25th May 2013 00:45 UTC
Google "So in summary... Google has pulled the plug on support on a protocol they've helped popularize, after years of promising interoperability, for reasons that are dubious at best, and in a way that leaves people who don't jump to the new Hangouts app unable to talk to their contacts without any feedback that their IMs aren't getting through... And they've done that with no warning to anyone. I imagine there's a bunch of people out there wondering where some of their buddies have gone, or why their messages aren't getting responses, because this isn't documented anywhere." Google really messed this up. Such a dick move.
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RE[6]: Comment by marcp
by JAlexoid on Mon 27th May 2013 19:24 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by marcp"
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I have no illusions about why Microsoft chooses to make something open source.

Yes - platfrom proliferation. Google's SoC is mostly about talent search. Google's open-source initiatives are mostly out of conflict with their core business, same as Microsoft. Though considering that Google is a services company, they shouldn't release as much as they do.

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