Yahoo and Microsoft have finally made their instant messaging (IM) services work together, to provide users with a more widespread instant communications solution.
The pair first announced that they were working on an integrated solution around nine months ago. The two companies’ IM solutions still don’t work with alternative IM solutions from the likes of Google and AOL however.
The companies are now launching a limited global beta of the integrated service, which will enable users of Windows Live Messenger (the next generation of MSN Messenger) and Yahoo Messenger with Voice to connect with each other.
The move will enable a total of around 350 million IM accounts to communicate with each other.
The service will allow users to sign into both services using a single user ID, and to see the status of connections of friends and work colleagues served by both networks.
Google and AOL are currently working to make their IM networks interoperate with each other.
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