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Microsoft to buy America Online?

updated 03:10 pm EST, Fri March 19, 2004

MS to buy AOL?

Microsoft is among the division: "Time Warner executives have held discussions in recent months with Microsoft about a potential sale of AOL, The New York Post has learned. In addition, Time Warner lawyers have begun analyzing any potential antitrust issues from such a deal, and to date their conclusion is that there would be few roadblocks to a Microsoft acquisition of AOL, according to sources familiar with the matter."

by MacNN Staff





  1. iamnoone

    Joined: Dec 1969



    One lame POS company wants to buy another equally lame POS company. Great, then it just be one Big POS all around for everyone. God help us all if this is true!!!

  1. stryfe

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Let's see...

    an overvalued software provider with a substandard yet prevolent product attempting to purchase a declining ISP...

    Not good, but not death to Apple.

  1. pastusza

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No antitrust issues?

    Lemme get this straight, there was this big lawsuit by the government claiming that bundling of IE caused anti-trust violations and now Microsoft wants to buy the company that makes the #2 browser?

    Not to mention the fact AIM competes with MSN Messenger, as well as many other software business lines. This would SERIOUSLY s**** iChat.

    Everyone pray this doesn't happen.

  1. dav

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Not so good for the aol one-click to itunes music store.

  1. johnhood

    Joined: Dec 1969




  1. outZider

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wait, what?

    Hello? Nullsoft (WinAmp)? Netscape? FEW ROADBLOCKS? Ohh, bad stuff, kids. Bad stuff.

  1. John Dwight

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Game Over

    As Bill Paxton's character stated in Aliens: "Game over, man!"

    re: MS: This hog's been at the trough so long now, we can only hope that it will explode from sheer greed and gulttony. Maybe the EU will have the stones and the ethics to chasten the Behomoth of Redmond; the U.S. surely doesn't. Wimps.

  1. trevc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not so good...

    You'd be surprised how many people have those AOL CD's that fly around as coasters, but a LOT of people are still signed up under them!!!

    I thought if AOL went Mozilla as their browser then it would help slightly in the browser wars. I'm not so much against Internet Explorer, but would rather see W3C defining standards as opposed to Microsoft and their Active X stuff, etc., etc.

  1. jasonbw

    Joined: Dec 1969


    if the riaa got involved

    ...and SCO (well, h*** microsoft practically owns them now) i could get all my hating done in one company! imagine the time savings!

  1. JEB

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This merger would be GAME for a couple of dozen new monopoly lawsuits.

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