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AOL vs. Microsoft

An article in today's Wall Street Journal wonders: "Could America Online get 'Netscaped'?"


In the late 1990s, Netscape Communications lost its seemingly unbreakable lead in Web browsers under the weight of a relentless assault by Microsoft Corp. Microsoft turned its Internet Explorer into the industry standard in part by steadily adding features. Netscape has been reduced to 12% of the market, now as part of AOL Time Warner Inc.

America Online is facing a similar assault from a Microsoft Internet-access service that has long trailed far behind. No one is accusing Microsoft of antitrust violations, as in the browser wars. But just as in that battle, Microsoft is steadily adding features and slowly gaining ground. Now it's about to launch a new version that could increase its competitive threat.

So could AOL get Netscaped? With Microsoft's money and market power, and their patience to go at something they want until they get it, no matter how many years it takes, I'd think that yes, they could.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on October 14 2002 at 10:45 AM

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