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 and 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 asks if the IE licensing deal means the end of Netscape.

Another Update! CNET now has an entire special coverage section on the deal, which includes a longer updated main article. The 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.

#74 Re: This is so familiar to me

by guenthar

Thursday April 15th, 2004 1:52 AM

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Even if mozilla dies there still is another alternative that is multiplatform and faster then Firefox which is Opera. Opera maybe commercial but you don't have to buy it and all the advertisements that are in the browser are a couple of links at the top (with google adds) which only change once in awhile. Opera has more functionality then Mozilla and is faster then Firefox; (as of Opera 7.5 Preview 4) and it is very customizable with skins, color schemes, and the ability to customize almost all toolbars.

Even if something happens to mozilla there is still an alternative which it's developers do a really good job of making and they also listen too the people when it comes to bugs and improvements too the browser and it is also the most advanced browser for cell phones.

PS. Opera also works very well with internet download manager which means you don't have too change anything in the file types section.

PPS. The information and comparison is based on preview 4 and the other preview releases of 7.5 (which you can get in the beta testing section of the forum at <>)which you should use because they are better then the last major release. (7.23)