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....

#9 bah

by SuperSamat <>

Thursday November 19th, 1998 1:47 PM

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I'm an AOL member... And using other browsers within AOL NEVER worked. I ditched IE because it was glued inside AOL, and now if Netscape does that... God have mercy. The newest AOL4 client is already EXTREMELY slow and very sluggy, and with the "IE4 Included!" features, it's huge.

I rather just AOL just provide internet access and their special online content. Open a new browser instance or something.

But for a realistic point-of-view... With AOL upgrading their systems to be non-proprietory to web-based systems, they'll NEED good browser to help explore it all. It definetely will boost Netscape's market share.