NEW Friends: MSN Messenger and Yahoo Messenger

MSN and Yahoo have partnered to interoperate with each other. this means, I would be able to see people added in my yahoo account even from MSN Messenger and vice versa.
This is damn cool! The service will be functional by second half of 2006 and that is good 1 year away.
that brings another important question to mind - if MSN and Yahoo, the two most widely used public IM services are going to interoperate (275 million subscribers), the relevance of "open" protocols like Jabber is highly diminished.
Recently, Google Talk was in news with its Jabber protocol... i think in IM space, the battle is won by providing more services/ better user experience in the IM client and possiblities of interoperating with as many other services as possible.
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