Azubuko Obele: Because everybody ends up managing their own messaging solution. Now every application isn’t complete until it can send/receive IMs.
25 years ago, pretty much everybody was talking about a new thing (or at least, it was new to them). It went by a name... Local Area Networks... or LANs. There were so many to chose from: Banyan Vines, Token Ring, SMB, NetWare, AppleTalk...
But people don’t talk much about LAN’s any more, what a pity. But the joke is on them — it seems that pretty much any application you use these days is LAN enabled anyway. And you know what? I, too, am a LAN administrator. Couldn’t be easier. Walk into your local Best Buy, ask for thing called a router and plug it in. Administration can be done via a web browser - hey, that turns out to be a LAN enabled application too! Who’d a thunk it?
Ten years from now, we will be using SMS text messages to change the channel on the televison.