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CNET News: Netscape, Not IE, Put on New CompuServe

Apr 17, 2002, 16:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Hu)

"However, the decision for CompuServe to embrace Netscape, also an AOL subsidiary, could further divide the Internet company's tenuous partnership with Microsoft. For years, the pair existed in an amicable quid-pro-quo arrangement where AOL would use IE as its default browser in exchange for Microsoft bundling AOL into its Windows operating system. Last summer, that arrangement dissolved, sending the tech rivals back to their respective corners.

"As Microsoft continues to weave Internet applications more tightly into its ubiquitous operating system, AOL has also taken steps to favor its own products. Nearly a year ago, the Internet company began testing versions of CompuServe that used Gecko, the underlying browser technology developed by open-source group Mozilla.org and Netscape. AOL has not stated its intentions for Gecko, but the technology is being tested in experimental versions of the flagship AOL service.

"AOL said in a statement Tuesday that the CompuServe upgrade was sparked by consumer feedback. Some analysts, however, wonder if political reasons are behind the move..."

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