The king of software, Microsoft, and the king of internet traffic, Yahoo, are about to combine forces. The two titans will be combining their IM network. Looks like they are preparing to battle with Google Talk and Skype. Can we see in the near future when AOL’s AIM combines with Google Talk? Even better will AOL be bought by Google?
Yahoo and Microsoft will now command upwards of 44 percent of the market, according to research firm Radicati Group, putting new pressure on market leader AOL, which holds around 56 percent market share with AIM and ICQ. And according to recent comScore Media Metrix numbers, MSN Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger together reach 33.5 million unique users each month, more than the 23 million running AIM.