Well, for those of us who have been using Miscrosoft’s instant messaging protocol with alternative (read: non-Microsoft) clients are going to be given the boot. http://www.idg.com.sg/idgwww.nsf/unidlookup/10B2FC6553AB2D7148256D9100318F66?OpenDocument According to this article they are going to start charging third parties for access licenses. So in the end I believe this only hurts their cause. I will no longer be using their IM network to communicate with friends and family. Not sure what http://gaim.sf.net GAIM has set for the future? At least we can’t say the industry is boring.
If you have SMS, commonly referred to as text messaging, on your cell phone you can now send a message to googl (46645) and ask http://www.google.com/ Google a question. It’s totally cool. They have a nice help page - http://www.google.com/sms/howtouse.html Google SMS How to Use. Totally check it out. Ultimately geeky!