Proprietary protocols are things from yesterday. Today, Opensource technologies are taking over the world! AOL / ICQ has just launched a test server using XMPP, an open technology. This means that you’ll soon be able to talk to your ICQ / AIM contacts via Jabber. Google has already started using it. So who’s next? MSN!
AOL seems to be making its ICQ and AIM services compatible with XMPP: xmpp.oscar.aol.com PS: it’s still buggy and is only claimed to work in
Exodus and Coccinella. It works in nearly all Jabber clients. But that is probably because the server is overloaded.
There has been a vivid discussion today on the Jdev MUC room about this. It looks like Jabber will be the solution which will rule the future of all messengers.
You can try to log in to ICQ with the username firstname.lastname@example.org on server xmpp.oscar.aol.com on port 5222. TLS is required.
Let’s see what happens in the next few months with Jabber.
You can find Jabber Hosting for your Domain on Flosoft.biz . You’ll probably be able to chat to your ICQ contacts soon!
UPDATE: AIM seems to work too!
UPDATE2: There is a tutorial here on how to setup your Jabber Client
UPDATE4: It seems to work in Psi too!
UPDATE5: A comment by AOL.