Messenger Gets All Licensed Up

By Deane Barker on August 27, 2003

MSN Sets Licensing Deadline for Third-Party IM: Microsoft is going to force licenses be purchased to access the Messenger network.

“Last week, Microsoft began notifying some of the affected third parties about the change last week, but Gurry said the company doesn’t know the full extent of other clients and services connecting into its IM network.

In a certified letter viewed by eWEEK, Microsoft pointed third parties to an online form to be considered for a ‘possible licensing relationship with Microsoft.’ The form asks for such information as contact information, products accessing the .Net Messaging Service and number of users.”