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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Google Steps into Open (Again)

Google just announced its latest push for openness -- interoperability among IM and VoIP services -- on its official blog. If it's good enough for email, why not messenging and internet telephony?

In this instance, Google's "open federation" approach will rely on an XML-based standard controlled by an open source foundation. If only other companies were willing to leave control over standards to others and not push their own proprietary agenda.

Google and AOL will support this push for interoperability. Expect Microsoft and Yahoo to sign on shortly.

Openness -- and the interoperability and access it brings to users and industry -- are catching on.

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