America Online and Netscape Discussing Partnerships, WSJ Says
Wednesday November 18th, 1998
Joel Caris brings us this intriguing news. Joel writes, "When I found out the AOL/Microsoft deal ends in 2000, I started thinking that maybe Netscape would pick up the role as embedded browser with the new NGLayout technology. Well, the talks are going on and that just may happen."
An article from the Bloomberg News service stated that, according to the Wall Street Journal, the discussions are going on regarding a range of partnerships, "including a possible agreement to embed Netscape's browser into AOL's online service alongside or in place of Microsoft Corp.'s browser". The partnership may involve AOL taking an equity stake in Netscape and getting a seat on the board. The negotiations have apparently been proceeding for two months, with no agreement yet reached.
Update! ZDNet is reporting that AOL's contract with Microsoft ends on January 1st, 1999. Could AOL be the first to embed NGLayout? Time will tell....
#4 Re:America Online and Netscape Discussing Partners
Wednesday November 18th, 1998 3:00 PM
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If an equity stake is taken by AOL, you can be sure that the browser and online software will be intergrated together.
Otherwise, AOL might not risk losing its prominent position on the windows desktop. Only time will tell.