Gecko Appearing in Compuserve Betas

Thursday October 18th, 2001

AOL today confirmed that Gecko has been embedding into beta versions of CompuServe 7, according to this article. AOL 7 was released yesterday, still with IE as its embedded browser, but because CompuServe's software seems to be much like the AOL software, it's likely that we could also see AOL sporting Gecko as it's browser in the future.

#4 Some questions

by AlexBishop <>

Thursday October 18th, 2001 3:55 PM

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Well this is interesting, especially after the news that AOL 7 doesn't use Gecko. I'm wondering if maybe they carefully timed this, similar to the way that the 'Netscape is a media, not a browser, company now' announcement was shortly followed by Netscape 6.1 PR1.

I bet MozillaQuest is peeved. Mangelo just went to the trouble of writing (sic) an article stating that "AOL does not seem to have any plans to include the Netscape browser suite in future AOL software releases".

Here's a question for you: are all the browser functions of CompuServe (e.g. the networking etc. as well as the rendering engine) currently provided by IE? If so, will they still use these bits of IE or replace them with the equivalent Mozilla components if/when they switch over to Gecko?

Also, how many users does CompuServe have? Would the switch have an impact on Netscape/Mozilla's market share?