AOL To Buy Netscape?

Sunday November 22nd, 1998

From Ben Marklein comes this interesting news -- apparently AOL is considering a buyout of Netscape in a stock swap. For the news, check out and Techweb. Sun may be taking over Netscape's business application division.

UPDATE: Another more in-depth article is available at

Here's another article - this one from the New York Times website. To view it, you must be be a registered user (it's free, though, so check it out).

UPDATE: An article at confirms the rumors, but no deal has been reached at this time.

#9 Re:AOL To Buy Netscape?

by arielb

Sunday November 22nd, 1998 10:37 PM

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AOL's primary mission in life isn't to turn everyone into newbies come on. This way they can satisfy the newbies with regular AOL and there is also ICQ and Netscape for the web savvy. From their point of view, AOL browser isn't MSIE even though it uses the IE technology. Because while an AOL browser points to AOL/Netscenter and a Netscape browser points to AOL/Netcenter, the real MSIE points to MSN. So obviously they will promote Netscape browser and not MSIE. It's all about the portal. Let Netscape die and then AOL/Netcenter falls appart. Because AOL doesn't want to totally rely on the newbies