Government Approval for AOL/Netscape/Sun Deal
Friday March 12th, 1999
#22 Re:Government Approval for AOL/Netscape/Sun Deal
Monday March 15th, 1999 8:09 AM
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No, the Sun AOL partnership is a Sun, AOL, Netscape partnership. The result will be a browser compatible with all 3. AOL is not using NS right now because IE has a componentized browser and NS does not. Believe it or not, it takes time to crank out AOL 5.0, and in any case AOL is looking to have three major portals, and hoping that everyone will have one of the three AOL, Netcenter, or ICQ. Wiping out ICQ or NS would wipe out a large audience AOL could be advertising to--it's NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. There is virtually no overlap between the three, and people on NS or ICQ generally do not want to be on AOL and vice-versa. AOL reaches a larger audience this way. ICQ has like 26 million subscribers, plus AOL's 16 mil., plus Compuserve's 2 mil., etc. etc. Killing any one portal would be STUPID, and killing the one browser that just about everyone can identify on sight of the little starry wheel would be tantamount to $4 bil. being flushed down the toilet. THEY ARE NOT THAT STUPID.
And did you happen to read the story saying Sun just gave $30,000 to help finance Mozilla? One more time-NS is not going anywhere. Just because AOL hasn't switched yet-I mean, the merger doesn't come up at NS board til March 17, give it a little time, and be rest assured that NS 5.0 WILL change the face of the Internet again, and MS will be left scrambling to rewrite NS again. Poor babies. I'll bet Billy's been doing a lot of screaming in Redmond lately.