Monday, March 18, 2002

AOL Starts Testing Netscape Browser Amid Chilly Microsoft Relationship "... if America Online does switch all of its 34 million users to Netscape's software, Netscape's market share would likely jump to 35% to 40% of the market, according to Giga Information Group. "Microsoft and Netscape would look almost equal again, it would be that close," said Rob Enderle, an analyst at Giga. He added that severing all ties with Microsoft is "one of [America Online's] goals in life."" Am I the only one wondering if this is really a meaningful issue anymore? Have you ever used the AOL client for Web browsing? You certainly didn't have any brand awareness of IE, if so; makes me wonder if MSFT really has anything to lose if AOL makes the switch. Maybe MSFT is secretly paying AOL TW to do this in order to alleviate govt. pressure on MSFT... Interesting chart in the article -- claims Netscape has larger consumer share than I imagined, and that IE share with consumers peaked in 1999.

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