Did MS pull a fast one on AOL?
Joel writes, "Microsoft has settled the lawsuit with AOL, agreeing to pay AOL $750,000,000 in a complicated deal that allows AOL to continue to use Internet Explorer for several years. I'm not sure why the second part is interesting."
"IE6 SP1 is the final standalone installation"
I think "final standalone installation" means "you have to be running Windows XP to get anything newer".
I interpreted "final standalone installation" as meaning that IE will be treated as a component, instead of an application, in the future.
(maybe this is obvious). Making the browser part of the OS would make the browse contribute to the revenue stream of OS upgrades. Having the browser separate reduced the need for frequent OS upgrades.
"Microsoft has settled the lawsuit with AOL, agreeing to pay AOL $750,000,000 in a complicated deal that allows AOL to continue to use Internet Explorer for several years."
One thing MS have got for their dosh is access to aol messenger clients.
I'm continually amazed that AOL isn't doing everything it can to eliminate any and all dependencies they have on MS products (including Windows); given that MSN is it's main competitor and MS's record of, let's say, agressive business practices.
Build their own hardware platform? Repeat after me: "AOL is a content provider. AOL is a content provider. AOL is a content provider."
d4 asked why AOL would care if people use MS products. I thought I answered that already.
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