Hotmail website now has the functionality to hold instant messaging
conversations. Although this capability
was available on Hotmail accounts in Japan, Mexico and much of Europe, it is
now being added to accounts in the United States, Brazil, China and additional
European countries. Google and Yahoo
have offered similar capabilities for some time.
The web based
IM offers the accessibility many users desire as it is usable from any machine.
It provides the advantage of central
storage of IM chats. Hotmail IM works
with Hotmail IM. Unfortunately although
there are IM web chat tools available from Yahoo, Google and AOL, and now
Microsoft none of them are compatible with each other.