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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....


#8 Re:America Online and Netscape Discussing Partners

by Jim

Wednesday November 18th, 1998 10:27 PM

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If AOL does become a member of Netscape's board, I don't believe the direction of Mozilla or any open source projects will be affected since the Net will eventually overtake the building of these applications. Give it time - besides, it's not like it would benefit any company to make the browser proprietary anyway. One goal of this open source direction is to gain market share and recognition in order to allow your other products to enter into that particular market, i.e. Message Server which works seamlessly with Communicator.