MSN clients parry October lockoutBy Chris Williams. Published: 14th Sep 2003, 22:49:00 | Permalink | Printable
Full steam ahead!As a follow up to the recent headline on MSN, it's time for news on some updates to MSN client software for RISC OS.
Firstly, a new version of Natter has been released which supports MSN and ICQ. Version 1.20 features sound effects, contact list and group management, chat logging and more. Natter is shareware and can be registered online, although a demo version is available. Natter is quite colourful and looks polished, if you ignore the infrequent spasms of flickering when scrolling the contacts list.
On the subject of the impending October lockout of the MSN messenger network, where Microsoft will attempt to deny unauthorised clients from connecting, Natter developer Russell Palmer had a few choice words on the matter.
"I am confident that the proposed changes will not cause a major hurdle for me to continue supporting the MSN protocol, and I hope to support the software long into the future", Russell told drobe.co.uk.
Russell also explains on the Natter website, "I will be focussing my efforts on updating natter to work with the latest MSN protocols, and see no technical reasons why natter will not continue to work after the changes are introduced. The new protocol is available on the internet (it doesn't take much searching at all to find it), so there are no technical barriers for me to get past (except for the challenge of writing a SSL library...).
The only way I will be prevented from maintaining support of the MSN protocol is for legal reasons. I am currently looking into exactly where I stand on this issue, but am confident that I will find a solution."
On the other hand, Philip Hardy has another approach to the MSN lockout worry. When we asked Philip about how he'll cope with the lockout, Phil explained that he had decided that it would be better to open source his client so that others who were interested could contribute.
This weekend Phil confirmed that he's released his MSNMessenger client under the BSD open source license. This means others can take Philip's code and adapt and improve it to help development of the MSN client.
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