AOL, Netscape and the death of Internet Explorer
As many of you most probably know by now, AOL has agreed to drop its suit against Microsoft in exchange for a chunk of cash and some other stuff. That may be good and it may be bad. It’s up to AOL to decide what to do with the money. Other people have elaborated on this:
- Zeldman: AOL to AOL Netscape: drop dead
- Zeldman: IE/AOL/Netscape: what happens next?
- Todd Dominey: R.I.P. Netscape
- Webgraphics: IE, AOL, MS and the future of webdesign
- Ian Hickson: AOL Agrees to Get Under Microsoft’s Desk
- Brad Choate: Microsoft and AOL kiss and make up
- Joel Spolsky: Internet Explorer 7
- Tim Bray: Browsers and CSS, Again
- Steve Minutillo: Microsoft announces IE is dead
Like several other people, I am worried by this, and the fact that it looks like Microsoft will not continue to develop Internet Explorer as a standalone product. Will it mean that we are stuck with the second-rate standards support of IE6 for years to come?