IMUnified Announces Completion of Specifications For Functional Instant Messaging Interoperability

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2000 — IMUnified, a coalition of leading technology and instant messaging (IM) companies, today announced the completion of technical specifications that will enable functional interoperability among its members’ instant messaging services in a seamless, convenient, private and secure manner. Additionally, IMUnified is allowing companies that have expressed interest in joining the coalition to have the opportunity to review these specifications.

Earlier this year, IMUnified, which includes AT & T, Excite@Home, iCAST, the MSN® network of Internet services, Odigo,, Prodigy, Tribal Voice and Yahoo!, announced its goal to develop these specifications by the end of August. These specifications are a significant step forward in the industry’s effort to establish an open, standards-based, interoperable instant messaging protocol. IMUnified looks forward to the implementation of these specifications among its members by the end of the year.

About IMUnified

IMUnified, a recently formed coalition of leading technology and instant messaging companies, has been created to provide functional interoperability enabling its members’ Internet users to communicate freely with each other. IMUnified strives to implement open standards-based interoperability for instant messaging as these protocols emerge from the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standardization process. The founding members of IMUnified are AT & T, Excite@Home, iCAST, MSN, Odigo,, Prodigy, Tribal Voice and Yahoo! More information on IMUnified and its activities can be found at .

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