RE: What the Netscape/Sun/AOL deal might *really* mean

Tim Byars (
Tue, 24 Nov 1998 13:34:20 -0600

At 2:52 PM -0600 11/24/98, Nelson Minar did a no sell to the group with this:

> I don't have the stomach to read all of the Netscape deal coverage in
> the news, but towards the end of the Lohr/Markoff article at
> is an interesting speculation:
> Still, America Online and Sun also have a longer-term
> objective that promises to place them in more direct
> conflict with Microsoft. For nearly a year, William J.
> Raduchel, Sun's chief strategist, has been working
> closely with America Online, Sun executives said.

clueless, clueless, clueless...

This is no doubt the AOL (WebTv) box scheduled to arrive sometime next
summer. Sun isn't about to enter the consumer market on anything less than
a sealed box with 0% (or close to it) tech support.

My take on all this is something that I haven't seen posted.

Netscape has recently turned into not only a software company, but a
content provider. AOL is under increasing pressure from their content
partners to do away with the proprietary structure of AOL. This translates
to a big win for both companies.

My question is what about the chat rooms?



Go sell crazy somewhere else, we're full up here. ...Nicholson

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