Kelly McNeill writes "Anyone who has ever chatted with another using instant messaging (IM) software is aware of the problems associated with incompatibilities between the various IM standards. Simply put, if you're on one chat network and a friend is on another, chatting is impossible without jumping through several hoops.
As of last Thursday, some of those incompatibility woes will be gone... (at least to some degree.) Microsoft managed to negotiate a semblance of compatibility between the two other primary IM players. But does that compatibility open a proverbial Pandora's box? Eugene Liu submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews, which puts the issue in perspective."