Today’s State of the IM World Reminds Us of X.400

The state of instant messaging (IM) is rather like email was back in the days of X.400.

With some notable exceptions, X.400 was mainly used as a way to interconnect incompatible email networks. However, there were problems:

  • Interconnectivity was laborious to define.
  • There were lots of gateways between products/services.
  • Messages lost data and metadata when they went between systems.

Very similar, in fact, to today's IM world.

... David Ferris, with thanks to IBM's David Via

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