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AOL Preps Own MS IE Based Browser

Posted: 11th Oct, 2004 By: MarkJ
Following earlier claims that ISP AOL had been developing its own website browser, today new reports indicate that it will in fact be a stripped down and brand customised version of Microsoft's 'Internet Explorer' (IE):

AOL Browser, as it's called, will be available as a separate download for Web users. The software will be based on a stripped-down version of IE and will be branded with AOL's logos, the sources said. Up until now, the Time Warner division has only offered a browser that's tied to its popular Internet service. That browser also uses IE technology.

There are all sorts of reasons for why AOL may have chosen to do this, primarily being to maximise compatibility.

Never the less, many will still find it unusual that AOL has chosen not to adopt its own Netscape brand, especially since Mozilla (its foundation) has advanced so far beyond IE. More @ ZDNet.
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