Windows XP without AOL client
In all probability, Windows XP will not be delivered with a permanently integrated AOL client after all.
Contrary to news from the previous week, both AOL and Microsoft were still in the middle of contract negotiations, which yesterday failed or were broken off without result. Officials only named 'the lack of agreement on new issues' as the cause. However, well-informed circles assume that the negotiations failed on a few sticking points. First, Microsoft did not agree with the AOL client using the Real Player for media playback. This would only unnecessarily compete with the in-house Windows Media Player. Furthermore, Microsoft insisted on the exclusive distribution of Internet Explorer with the AOL access software. AOL could not and would not accept this condition. As Microsoft spokesman Jim Cullinan announced, however, AOL will also receive all the information it needs to adapt its own client to WindowsXP and to release a stand-alone solution.