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Full Article Attached Update on Tree Plan for 0.9.4

Saturday August 25th, 2001

Asa Dotzler has sent in an update to what mozilla.org's plans are for the 0.9.4 milestone. Click the full article link for more info on this, and what you can do to help.


#107 Re: Re: Re: Mosaic/Netscape

by strauss

Sunday September 2nd, 2001 12:10 PM

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"[AOL's] not about to cut IE support."

>> Why not? Bundling IE doesn't get them anything anymore. <<

Except access for their subscribers to all the web sites that are optimized for IE. Removal of IE support in favor of mandatory Mozilla use would cause a drastic reduction in their subscriber base.

>> AOL agreed to use IE in exchange for a guaranteed place on the desktop of new PCs. The agreement has recently deteriorated, AIUI. <<

Yes, and another big reason AOL selected IE as their default browser is slso no longer applicable -- as the trial revealed, they selected IE in large part because of its embeddability and customizability, features then lacking in Netscape but present in Mozilla.

However, they do not now have the luxury of removing support for the browser that has become the de facto standard.