May 30, 2003 |
Microsoft Corp. will pay AOL Time Warner Inc. $750 million to settle an antitrust lawsuit alleging that the software giant unfairly crushed AOL's Netscape Web browser. In the settlement deal announced Thursday, the rivals also agreed to collaborate on digital media initiatives to thwart piracy, an important move as the Internet gains currency as an entertainment medium piping music and movies into homes.
June 3, 2002 |
Long after Microsoft's Internet Explorer won the browser wars, AOL's Netscape Communications division is launching another volley in its battle to stay relevant. Netscape 7, now available for downloading as a preview release, is more defensive than offensive: It fixes the bugs and improves on the speed of its predecessor while adding features others already have. That's not to say that Netscape has nothing new to offer.
February 27, 2002 |
Former Netscape Communications Corp. Chief Executive James Barksdale, a key witness in next month's Microsoft antitrust trial, will testify that if the software giant's proposed settlement with the Justice Department had been in place six years ago, Netscape might never have been formed. As the lead-off witness in the Justice Department's first trial against the software giant in 1998, Barksdale won points with his folksy language.
April 4, 2000 |
Netscape, the maker of the Web-browsing software at the heart of the U.S. government's antitrust case against Microsoft Corp., is set on Wednesday to unveil a much-delayed upgrade that marks the sharply curtailed ambitions of the once pioneering program. Netscape 6, the latest version of the program millions rely on as their primary window to the Internet, will be introduced at a trade show in Los Angeles by officials of America Online Inc., which acquired Netscape last year.
March 21, 2000
Yahoo Inc. introduced a business-to-business directory that lists equipment and supplies that companies can buy on the Web. . . . Compaq Computer Corp. will put Microsoft Corp.'s Internet service on its Presario personal computers under a three-year alliance. . . . Netscape Communications Corp. said it will release a test version of its long-overdue Web browser, Netscape 6.0, within the next 25 days.
November 7, 1999 |
Even before Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson issued his legal broadside against Microsoft Corp. on Friday, the company was facing some of its gravest threats in years. Jackson's ruling is likely to make all these threats worse. Morale at the company is already thought to be slipping as the world changes around it, with many top executives having quit in recent months.