AOL prepares its own browser | CNET News.com

AOL is planning to release its own stand-alone Web browser based on Microsoft's Internet Explorer technology, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.

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.

Microsoft last year granted AOL a seven-year royalty-free license to use IE technology in its products. The license was one of many concessions that Microsoft offered AOL as part of a $750 million settlement in an antitrust lawsuit filed by Netscape in January 2002.

Click here for screen shots of the AOL browser

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why? Why would anyone voluntarily choose an AOL browser? Why would they choose to take a rebranded MSIE? Why would AOL not just use the Netscape code that knocks IE upside down and around the bend for quality? This world is getting stranger every day... -kb

Posted by: kb | Oct 14, 2004 2:24:23 PM

Couldn't agree with you more.

Posted by: Nate Koechley | Oct 14, 2004 6:11:17 PM

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