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Builder.com: AOL's Browser Strategy: Crazy Like a Fox

Dec 27, 1999, 01:44 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Shafer)

"In December 1999, it was widely rumored and expected that Netscape would release the final developer version of its new Mozilla technology at the most recent Builder.com Live! event, again in The Big Easy..."

"Alas, 'twas not to be. A few weeks before the conference, word began to spread that AOL, which had acquired Netscape, was delaying the release of the new browser to allow the incorporation of proprietary new features that the company promised would be in great demand by end users."

"... we can now see the browser landscape pretty clearly. AOLScrape will be quite content, thank you very much, to foist off the Netscape browser with its proprietary whistles on the tens of millions of captive users it has--users who will meekly and mildly swallow whatever crappy browser AOL shoves down their collective throats, regardless of its quality or Web friendliness."

"Microsoft, in turn, will be quite happy to own the rest of the browser world with its Internet Explorer."

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