posted on Mar, 19 2004 @ 12:31 PM
Having worked for over a decade with Microsoft I can tell you this is the brass ring for them. AOL stomped all over MSN (at least in how it was
As for the anti-trust it may not be an issue. Microsoft did a great job of seperating the executive, research and staffing for MSN from it's primary
company structure many years ago. In order to not be in violation of the anti trust laws this seperation was required. I worked for the Windows
division and trust me, the level of communication between MSN and the rest of the company is very very limited. We often felt we learned more about
AOL's plans than the plans of MSN.
I do believe this could happen, especially since we see such a huge market in cable modem/DSL service and so many customers moving into that market
away from the "full package deals" such as AOL.
IN the end the customer will win, AOL is a great service for new users to the internet or those wanting one stop shopping. To have that service with
the power of the MSN structure behind it could concievably move it very far forward.
Also if this happens expect to see MSN go away as a seperate product and all funding for R&D to move into the AOL realm.
Color me happy about my stock shares