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    AOL browser...

    i was under the impression AOL 5 was IE 5, AOL 6 was Netscape 6, but after reading this article,

    http://www.techtv.com/products/websi...354007,00.html

    i get the impression that Aol 6 and 7 are IE. Am I wrong? or are they netscape based (aol owns netscape right?)
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    IE is Internet Explorer, owned by Microsoft.

    Netscape is, in fact, owned by the same people that own AOL.

    The browser that is integrated in AOL is Internet Explorer. It's actually a modified version of it...most noticeably the way it looks.

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    i know i've read articles about how AOL decided to drop IE in favor of there own Netscape.

    anyone else?
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    i read that article that you posted, and from what i read it said that they were going to use netscape for AOL 7, but ended up not doing so

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    That's my point, prior to reading that article, I would've bet my life that AOL 6 was Netscape 6. I think i read it in a Reuters article or something. Microsoft and AOL were at war over it. Microsoft was begging AOL to keep using it, but AOL said no, and instead used Netscape 6.

    (ever read so much stuff on the net, you forget where you read what?)


    oh well, maybe someone will grace us with thier vast knowledge of all things suck.....er, i mean AOL.

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    AOL had a 5 year (i think that's how long it was) contract that AOL's browser would use IE's technology.
    This contract is now up, and AOL's next version will incoporate NS's browser.
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    AOL 7.0 is now aviable for downloads. It comes with IE 5.5 for people who have IE 4 and below. People who have IE 5 and up will not download it.

    So im not really sure which version they are using.
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    i think aol should poll their users or somthing before making a major change like that. if they switch to netscape, i'll be switching ISP's...

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    you should switch isp's anyway.
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    Originally posted by Defender1
    you should switch isp's anyway.
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    Whats wrong with AOL? I might change soon because there are cheaper flat-rate deals now, but before the cheap ones were poor. I would like to say I'd change if they went Netscape, but I don't use the AOL browser anyway and I need to have Netscape installed for web-site testing anyway. The fact the browser has to be loaded and using up my system resources is the main reason I am going to change, built in instant-email and IM is sort of nice though (does N6.1 have this anyway?) but the draw back is you cannot get email or use IM for a different screen name with-out switching screen name (and then switching back if you were talking on IM)

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    here's an article from ZDNet concerning AOL's partnership with Microsoft for IE and the possibility of it going Gecko with Netscape.
    http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/ne...kpt=zdnnp1tp02

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    that article answered my questions, thank you.

    here is another AOL question:

    i recently used AOL at a friends house, is it my imagination or does it downgrade the quality of the images on a web page? i could have sworn it looked it the images were 'optimized' or something.
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    By default AOL degrades images, by forcing images in the .ART format. To stop the behavior, go to My AOL (on the toolbar) >Preferences > Web. On that screen, uncheck "compress graphics" (it may be worded a bit differently, depending on the AOL version/platform.

    That is, if you insist on using AOL's excuse for a browser
    You might as well fall flat on your
    face as bend too far over
    backwards.

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    appleCider - that setting is the first thing i change on all my clients computers (usually, when they leave the room for a second)


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