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....

#5 Re:America Online and Netscape Discussing Partners

by george <>

Wednesday November 18th, 1998 4:23 PM

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I own both companies! ;)

ok...I think Communicator5.0 will probably get Netscape 40% more market share!

AOL will give Netscape like 23-29% market share, and i would think about 5 to 10% of people will switch from IE to Netscape.

Microsoft was stupid for not KILLING netscape. I knew if Netscape stayed alive, they would be a much stronger company! Microsoft better watch it's back!