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ACM: an interview with MSN Messenger's chief architect

I got this on one of those ACM pesky subscriptions that I end up never unsubscribing from (sometimes they have something useful as well!). Read it. Thought about blogging it. Promptly forgot about it. Luckily, Slashdot reminded me today.

So, without further ado: A Conversation with Peter Ford, MSN Messenger's Chief Architect. Very, very interesting. Going over most of the main topics that relate to IM, SIP/XMPP, P2P, voice... excellent article. Particularly interesting that he ties people liking IM to the inherent "feature" of whitelisting in it, but of course past that you have the problem of bootstrapping the connection. I think that properly implemented digital identities would go a long way towards solving some of the problems he points out. I find it interesting that this solution hasn't been discussed much, although I have no doubt that it has crossed the mind of anyone who works with IM at least once.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on November 27 2003 at 3:01 PM

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