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AOL Creates Its Own Browsing Software


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#1 KoanYorel

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Posted 12 December 2004 - 03:15 PM

DULLES, Va. (AP) - As part of its reincarnation, America Online Inc. is creating its own software for browsing the Web and playing movies and songs. It's a question of staying relevant in an increasingly broadband world.Dec 12, 2:40 PM (ET) By ANICK JESDANUN AOL got its start as a dial-up Internet service provider, connecting millions of first-time users with software that had to be installed on computers and often made some serious modifications to the operating system. That approach no longer makes sense, said Kerry Pearce-Parkins, director of AOL Product Management. For one, corporations generally prohibit their employees from installing software. That means many subscribers can't access AOL programming during the day. And because broadband users get their Internet connection through a company other than AOL, they no longer need a software package that includes access tools. That's why AOL is building a standalone Web browser, while keeping an all-in-one package available for those who really want it.
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Posted 12 December 2004 - 08:18 PM

I hope it is not like the rest of AOL products that are so gunked up with AOL proprietory stuff that they become CPU and HD hogs. And with other very good alternative browsers already out there, why would they develop yet another IE-based browser, if there were not some invisible hand included with it ?
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After writing the above I came across this info from an AP article by ANICK JESDANUN who notes that in addition to renovating the IE engine with tabbed browsing and some other improvements, there is a business reason to do it:



But most importantly for the company, the browser will incorporate several ways to drive traffic to AOL programming and products, increasing ad opportunities.

The new AOL Media Player, built on AOL-owned Winamp technology, will also seek to integrate software with AOL's online radio stations and music store.

Edited by jgweed, 12 December 2004 - 08:40 PM.

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Posted 12 December 2004 - 09:56 PM

JGWeed,

At last I don't feel alone in my utter distaste for AOL (and Yahoo too).

If you would, please post your comment also at COU / actually at Dozleng dot com in
the similar news item. And include the referenced link... if you can.

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Posted 12 December 2004 - 10:24 PM

Koan Im with both of you too!

Now read the news about yahoo koan will you post the thing I showed you here on BC?

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Yahoo=starting up on crapware

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Posted 13 December 2004 - 07:06 PM

There are good things to be said for AOL; it makes using the Web a relatively easy, painless, and probably safer than without it. Designed as the father of all portals, it made users trade some speed, some lack of choice and options, some absence of obvious merchandising, for an interface for the non-technical, casual, or family user. For a first time user of the internet, it has its place, as long as that person is willing to pay the price( and try getting them to stop billing you after you switch ISPS).
However, AOL is just no longer really competitive, thanks to an abundance of local and national ISP choices, and thanks to other viable portals.

The new Portal War, started by Google (bless them) is now forcing other Web entities to improve what they are offering, beginning with adequate and FREE mailbox limits. As Google continues to expand it's utility, so will the other major players, MSN and Yahoo most importantly.
And the new browser war, so successfully launched by Mozilla and the thousands of "spread firefoxers" will no doubt even shake up MS complacent attitude to improving IE;it will certainly lead to other (and probably better) browsers being offered to a security conscious user base. Competition, which had been lacking, is now about to cause new and significant improvements for all netizens.

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Here is a reference to the AP ariticle


http://24hour.startribune.com/24hour/techn...p-9873075c.html
accessed 12/13/2004, a reprint of an APon-line article.

Edited by jgweed, 13 December 2004 - 07:16 PM.

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Posted 13 December 2004 - 07:53 PM

MS today announced it has a beta version (well ALL MS products are Beta versions, actually) of it's desktop search available for download.

http://www.internetnews.com/ent-news/article.php/3447331

(For XP and 2000 users only:)

"Desktop search joins the recently released beta version of MSN's Web search functionality and is wrapped in the Redmond, Wash., company's beta version of the MSN Toolbar Suite. The beta program is currently available only in English and in the United States. It also includes a pop-up blocker for users with Internet Explorer 5.5 and above, and a password-protected auto form-filler function."

Funny how fast people can innovate if they are poked in the economic ribs......
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