AOL-Sun plan for ‘no MS content’ PC

And indeed, mightn't that be what AOL's doing now

MS on Trial Microsoft might have drawn some blood with internal Sun documentation yesterday, but the judge seemed to be having none of it. An internal Sun email of July 1998 produced by Microsoft's defence talked of a plan for an AOL PC, using Netscape, Java and Intel chip but "no Microsoft content." The judge may have been right - he cut Microsoft's attorney off in mid-sentence saying the document was old, ambiguous and cryptic. He might also have added that Sun's Woody Mewborn, the author, was probably reporting what Sun wanted rather than what AOL had agreed. But on the other hand, AOL has struck an appliance/satellite deal with no Microsoft content quite recently, and Sun has put a lot of money into the AOL-Netscape deal. Sun and Netscape are meanwhile now virtually joined at the hip, with Sun describing them as the "Sun-Netscape alliance." AOL boss Steve Case however claimed in his recent deposition that browsers had nothing to do with the deal. We think maybe Microsoft has something of a warm pistol here. ® Complete Register trial coverage

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