> >>Microsoft settles browser suit with AOL
> >>The $750 million deal also places Microsoft technology on AOLs online
> >>Jon Bonn May 29 2003
> >> In a sweeping settlement, Microsoft will pay AOL Time Warner $750
> >>million to end a private antitrust lawsuit over Web browser technology.
> >>The agreement also will place Microsoft digital media technology on
> >>AOLs online service and clears the path for the two companies to
> >>explore technology sharing.
> > Slashdot reported this a couple of days ago
> Sorry for the repeat. I haven't read SlashDot recently. I was doing
> other things. Maybe other people never read the article either. Now they
> If I'm quoting a web article then I put the site name at the end of the
> subject line MSNBC.com. That way the peeps can not read it if they choose.
> What do you think of the deal. Does it have anything to do with the
> recent Microsoft, SCO association. eg Is it a stratagy of Microsoft to
> defuse the AOL situation so as they can focus more on the SCO Linux
> thing. What do you think ?
I think you're right. To use an appropriate analogy, Microsoft is like WWII
Germany, trying to hold a western line while fighting a land war in eastern
Eurasia. Yes, I did just compare M$ to the Third Reich! They probably are
feeling a little stretched, so shoring up one of their fronts probably makes
things a little easier on them. I just hope AOL isn't like the Vichy