AOL for Mac OS X Released with Integrated Gecko

Monday August 12th, 2002

Several people wrote in to tell us that AOL has released a new version of its client software for Mac OS X that integrates Gecko rather than Internet Explorer. Other new features include a counter on the Dock that displays the number of new emails and instant messages, a Welcome Screen with one-click access to member services and a redesigned interface. In addition, AOL Search has been improved and the software now detects the member's connection speed and optimises the online experience accordingly. Also new is support for QuickTime and Apple's forthcoming iChat service.

Reuters and ZDNet News have stories about the release. AOL members can download the software by going to Keyword: Upgrade.

#10 Re: Great News.

by GregV

Monday August 12th, 2002 10:12 PM

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Maybe it used to, but the deal between AOL and Microsoft where Windows bundles AOL and AOL uses IE is over. Now there's no benefit that I can think of for AOL to continue using IE, in profit or principle.

I agree with the researcher who said this is a way for AOL to "kick the tires." Roll it out on Compuserve and see how it goes. Roll it out on AOL Mac and see how it goes. I can understand them being cautious about doing a browser switch on their bread and butter, AOL Windows, and its massive user base. Let them keep trying it out in the real world, and if all goes well, they'll finally switch the Windows client over. They just want to make damn sure they're not going to have millions of pissed off users first.