Consumers using the Yahoo Messenger or MSN Messenger programs will be able to exchange instant messages, see the presence of their contacts, share emoticons and add friends from either service, the companies said. Interoperability is expected to kick in during the second quarter of 2006
Such is the latest cooperation between two giant Microsoft and Yahoo. Such action is quite apparent an effort against strong competition from Google that recently enter the IM market. In recent months, Microsoft and Yahoo must have lost a fair bit of their mail users to Google’s Gmail. Such alliances will no doubt improve the value of Microsoft MSN and Yahoo IM services.