Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd May 2013 22:01 UTC
Google "In the midst of the major press blitz surrounding its annual I/O Conference, Google dropped some unfortunate news about its instant messaging plans. In several places around the web, the company is replacing the existing 'Talk' platform with a new one called 'Hangouts' that sharply diminishes support for the open messaging protocol known as XMPP (or sometimes informally Jabber), and also removes the option to disable the archiving of all chat communications. These changes represent a switch from open protocols to proprietary ones, and a clear step backward for many users." That's why I always say: only suckers trust companies.
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BluenoseJake
Member since:
2005-08-11

Facebook chat is just XMPP, I use it with pidgin, same with iChat(I think)

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Facebook chat is just XMPP, I use it with pidgin, same with iChat(I think)

Well, iChat did support XMPP, but that would be expected as iChat was Apple's built-in IM client on OS X up until the release of Messages in 10.8 (which still supports xmpp accounts). I think you mean iMessage and, while there's a common misconception that iMessage uses xmpp, from all I have been able to gather it does not. It is based on the APNS protocol (the same push notification protocol that is used on Apple products) rather than XMPP, and APNS is proprietary both in the protocol and the certificates needed to communicate with Apple's servers.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Though Facebook XMPP is not federated - something that quite a few see as a characteristic of a "proper" XMPP server.

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