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the forthcoming AOL Browser a standalone piece of software and it will not need the America Online client software to be running to be used, sources familiar with the software said. In what could be considered a surprising move, AOL Browser is based on Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer and not on AOL's Netscape browser engine.
Right now they got their site carrying all the commercial weight.
If they were to include heavy loads of commercial nignag, nobody will ever use it. If they don't why would I prefer it over the regular IE?
Am I THAT stupid?
This certainly is a very bizarre story and it would seem that either the Mozilla trials failed or some deal was done with Redmond in light of the recent IE vunerabilities...
Personally, I don't understand it. I think Mozilla currently has a much better product than Internet Explorer, but I AOL may just be on the path of least resistance...IE, since it's already coded into their client.
AIM is a given, but there are lots of people who have used AOL for years and like the news, keywords, chat rooms, etc. This may be an attempt to keep these users on their properties as the users migrate to broadband or cheaper alternatives. Take IE, add lots of buttons and crap from AOL and keep at least some of your revenue.