Msg#: 3588073 posted 4:27 am on Mar 1, 2008 (gmt 0)
Last time I checked Tencent QQ was the IM of choice in China. MSN Messenger was quite popular as well. I wonder if the new Baidu service will be compatible with other IM platforms or whether they'll be using a completely proprietary platform.
Baidu said on Friday in a press release it has started internal tests of its IM product "Baidu Hi", which only Baidu employees who have submitted applications through internal networks can get approval to download.
A Baidu spokesperson said the company does not have a schedule for launching its IM service.
Tencent, a Shenzhen-based company that runs the QQ platform holds about 80 percent of China's IM industry.