Saturday, November 24, 2018

20 Years Ago on Nov. 24, 1998 -- AOL Buys Netscape for $4.2 billion

November 24, 1998: The lead promo is for online shopping, we added Personal Home Pages in the AOL Netfind column (why not in Free Products? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ) and we started out with Buddy Chat in the top promo, but then swapped out after we got official confirmation of the self-serving news of the day...
...AOL acquired Netscape for $4.2 billion. (A sideline to that story was a 3-year alliance with Sun Microsystems "to develop the next generation of e-commerce solutions and Internet devices using Sun's Java technology.")

[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

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