[Politech] Microsoft granted patent covering parts of instant messaging

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Date: Wed Oct 08 2003 - 06:28:04 PDT

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    Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2003 03:20:06 -0400
    From: Monty Solomon <monty@private>
    Subject: Microsoft granted an IM patent
    Microsoft granted an IM patent
    By Jim Hu
    Staff Writer, CNET News.com
    Story last modified October 7, 2003, 6:15 PM PDT
    Microsoft has won a patent for an instant messaging feature that
    notifies users when the person they are communicating with is typing
    a message.
    The patent encompasses a feature that's not only on Microsoft's IM
    products but also on those of its rivals America Online and Yahoo.
    The patent was granted on Tuesday.
    Patent No. 6,631,412 could serve as a weapon in Microsoft's battle
    for IM market share. Microsoft is investing heavily in IM as a
    springboard for selling communication software to businesses. Later
    this year, Microsoft plans to launch Live Communications Server, a
    software product that will initially offer IM for the enterprise and
    then expand into Internet voice calling and video services.
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