AOL Testing Gecko in its Mac OS X Client

Thursday May 16th, 2002

CNET is reporting that the latest AOL beta for Mac OS X uses an integrated browser powered by Gecko rather than Internet Explorer. The article quotes a note to beta testers that states, "If you are surfing the Web, pages will look better, and you can view all the latest eye-pleasing special effects, graphics and styles that Web developers put into their sites."

America Online has been beta-testing Gecko in its AOL 7.0 client for Windows since March. The latest CompuServe 7.0 software already includes a Gecko-powered browser. also has a page about the OS X beta. AOL members can download it with the keyword MacBeta.

#3 AOL really going for it

by thelem

Thursday May 16th, 2002 4:58 PM

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What with compuserve totally switched over, and these two betas out, AOL are really going for including gecko in their software. I wonder if they will switch over to using XUL as well.

The comments on VersionTracker were mixed, but there didn't seem to be many about the rendering engine in there. Someone attributed it being faster to the previous version because of gecko, but I don't know if this is the reason or not.

On a seperate note, I just noticed that has a new look. It used to look like Netscape 6.0, so I was just wondering if Netscape were maybe preparing a new skin for MachV along the lines of the new look I quite like it myself, but it could be a bit dark to be used all over the app.