Microsoft and Yahoo combine instant messaging services

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  Two of the world’s biggest messaging services – Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo Messenger – are to offer interoperability between their respective programs, which effectively means you’ll be able to contact friends on the other network.

The "interoperability programme" will be available as of today (Thursday) as a limited beta in a series of countries, including the UK. If successful, a full service will be rolled out in the coming months. You can sign up for the beta on either the Microsoft or the Yahoo webpages. The sign-up information was not available as of press time. A Microsoft spokesman said that it would be posted later on Thursday.

The providers claimed that their combined services make for the world’s largest instant messaging network of 350 million subscribers.

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Dave Walker