Compaq Resumes Netscape Bundling

Thursday February 4th, 1999

Joel Caris writes, "This article says how Compaq has resumed bundling Netscape with many of its PCs."

Well, interesting news, but Compaq's motives are definitely in question. Are they doing this for their customers' benefit, or for the benefit of MS in their ongoing antitrust trial (which, BTW, they botched yet again today)? Is it coincidence that Compaq's senior vice president John Rose will be testifying in the case in a few weeks' time?

#3 Re:Compaq Resumes Netscape Bundling

by mozineAdmin

Thursday February 4th, 1999 8:07 PM

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I don't believe that anyone said that it was a bad thing for Compaq to start bundling Netscape. In fact, I believe this is a good thing. However, it's hard not to point out an obvious connection to the antitrust suit. It will be interesting to see if the Compaq VP points to this new Communicator bundling as a sign that Microsoft isn't engaging in monopolistic practices.

It's also interesting to note that Gateway and NEC have also started bundling Communicator, now that the antitrust trial is in court. Is that a coincidence? Or are they using the trial to afford themselves freedoms that they did not have when Microsoft was in control of the situation?