FINALLY! America Online has announced plans to upgrade their popular proprietary software. The web browser that some consider the worst in existence will support backgrounds, tables, HTML 3.0 , and yes the <CENTER> tag! It gets even more interesting with America Online negotiating with Netscape and Microsoft to possibly license one of their web browsers. Netscape‘s Navigator currently holds 70% of the internet market share making it the favorite in the web browsing arena, but Microsoft just annouced plans for an Internet Explorer 3.0 alpha this week. It will support everything Netscape Navigator 2.0 currently handles plus some more important features Netscape does not have including Visual Basic at the top of the list. These extra features make Microsoft the long term pick for AOL.
The good news is that America Online users will have a greatly enhanced view of the web after all of the wheeling and dealing is over. The bad news is that the actual broswer might not be in the hands of America Online users until late this spring. Better late than never.