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.

#9 Re: Whether to stop using Mozilla for website?

by schapel

Thursday May 29th, 2003 7:16 PM

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You should design to the standards, not for any particular browser. Don't worry if the page doesn't look exactly the way you intended it to in every browser. There's no way you can try your page in every version of every browser on every OS with every resolution and color depth setting.

Here's what to do:

1. Design your page while looking at it in your favorite browser.

2. Validate the page to ensure it adheres to web standards, and use tools like the JavaScript console to ensure there are no JavaScript errors or warnings.

3. Try the page in some other popular browsers -- IE, Mozilla, Opera, and Safari or Konqueror if possible. If some browser does not show the page correctly, you can try to work around the problem, but always be sure to report the bug.

After you've done this, there's a decent chance your page will look good for nearly every visitor. If you test in only IE and don't ensure the page adheres to standards, you lose the risk of turning away 5-20% of your visitors depending on the content of your site.