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Eliav Moshe replaced Gilliam in 2009 and became ICQ's managing director.While ICQ was displaced by AOL Instant Messenger, Google Talk, and other competitors in the U. and many other countries over the 2000s, it remained the most popular instant messaging network in Russian-speaking countries, and an important part of online culture.Issued UINs started at '10,000' (5 digits) and every user receives a UIN when first registering with ICQ.As of ICQ6 users are also able to log in using the specific e-mail address they associated with their UIN during the initial registration process.Public areas may include your user profile (depending on the level of your privacy settings) any blogs, message boards, forums or similar services made available through the ICQ Services.MSN Chat was the Microsoft Network version of IRCX (Internet Relay Chat extensions by Microsoft), which replaced Microsoft Chat, a set of Exchange-based IRCX servers first available in the Microsoft Comic Chat client, although Comic Chat was not required to connect.
Microsoft used another SSP known as Gate Keeper Passport, that worked from the same method but required certain attributes related to the user's account.
The other major platforms beside Internet Explorer that MSN Chat was supported on, was Netscape Navigator and MSNTV (formerly known as Web TV).
To ensure the MSN Chat network was only being connected to by authorized clients, Microsoft created and implemented a SASL based Security Service Provider authentication package known as Gate Keeper.
Ownership of ICQ passed from Mirabilis to AOL in 1998, and from AOL to Mail. The ICQ client application and service were initially released in November 1996 and the client was freely available to download.
Users could register an account and would be assigned a number, like a phone number, for others to be able to contact them (users could also provide handles).