Windows XP, Microsoft's next operating system, will include an improved version of its instant messaging software, set to rival those offered by competitors AOL and Yahoo!
"The new program will make what has before seemed a complex email task simple," said a spokesperson at Microsoft. The spokesperson did not explain what was so complex about sending an email.
The announcement comes after a breakdown in talks between Microsoft and AOL, which was originally enlisted to play a part in the development of the software.
AOL seems unfazed by the launch but refused to comment on the collapsed talks with Microsoft.
"Our service has been available for a good while and it was only a matter of time before a similar one was created," said an AOL spokesperson. "That's just part of being in a competitive market."
Windows XP is launched as a platform for its new .Net service which which any internet enabled device can download software as and when needed.