Microsoft Pays Netscape $750 Million to Settle Antitrust Suit
Thursday May 29th, 2003
Several people wrote in to tell us that Microsoft has agreed to settle the private antitrust suit filed against it by Netscape Communications Corporation last year. Microsoft will pay AOL Time Warner, Netscape's parent company, $750 million to end the litigation. In a related agreement, Microsoft will give AOL a seven-year royalty-free license to use Internet Explorer and a long-term license to use its Windows Media 9 Series technology. The two giants have also agreed to work together on digital media initiatives and establish interoperability between the AOL Instant Messenger and MSN/Windows Messenger networks. In addition, Microsoft will give AOL more technical information about Windows and help AOL to distribute its software to some PC vendors.
CNN/Money, CNET News.com and Bloomberg.com all have articles about the settlement. More details are available in Microsoft and AOL Time Warner's joint press release.
Update! Further reports are available from Slashdot, MSNBC, PC Magazine, InfoWorld, InternetNews, ENT News, EE Times and the Associated Press (via InformationWeek). Meanwhile, CNET News.com asks if the IE licensing deal means the end of Netscape.
Another Update! CNET News.com now has an entire special coverage section on the deal, which includes a longer updated main article. The Bloomberg.com report has also been revised and other stories can be found at Wired News, BetaNews and Reuters.
Another Update! Microsoft's PressPass site has a transcript of a press conference call with Microsoft's Bill Gates and AOL Time Warner's Richard Parsons, which has been extensively referred to by many media reports. A collection of soundbites from Bill Gates is also available.
Another Update! Matt Kraai writes: "Salon is carrying an article on the Microsoft/AOL TW settlement and its effect on Mozilla. I found it via Boing Boing." To read the article, you'll either have to subscribe to Salon Premium or view a short ad, which will give you access to Salon for the day.
#39 Re: AOL 9.0 Based on IE
Friday May 30th, 2003 7:52 AM
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There is a beta of AOL9 already? AOL8 has only just come out.
Just because the beta is based on IE does not mean the final version will be based on IE. But it probably will.
I'm hoping that AOL have only got the IE for 7 years thing so they keep their options open.
As for Netscape, that never really had anything to do with the AOL client. AOL would have been free to develop just their own rendering engine if they had wanted to, but they chose to develop Netscape. After years of everyone I know using IE, I'm finally coming across people (ok, techies) using Netscape or Mozilla without me even mentioning it. If the techies are using it, then they will start installing it on the friends/parents/grandparents computers too. At least I hope they will.