Microsoft hands out against AOL
After speculation as to whether AOL will buy Red Hat in order to offer a Linux distribution with AOL access software, the clinch between Microsoft and AOL is now getting worse. In the antitrust proceedings, Microsoft asked AOL to disclose information that AOL is deliberately withholding.
Microsoft describes the behavior of AOL on the one hand as uncooperative, on the other hand, AOL would work with the nine states that are suing Microsoft in antitrust proceedings. AOL does not consider the documents required by Microsoft to be of importance for the process and believes that all important documents have already been submitted. AOL is currently suing Microsoft as the parent company of Netscape, as they have had considerable disadvantages in the market through the long-term bundling of Windows and Internet Explorer. The new lawsuit could extend the entire antitrust proceedings against Microsoft by years, according to observers.