Free Long Distance

Originally posted March 12, 1996

Microsoft and Intel announced Monday, March 11, 1996 that they are going to push for better hardware standards to make audio/video phones over the internet more available to the public. Forget about tax breaks. No Long Distance!

Here is the prediction for the Internet in for the Fall of 1996:

The killer app will be Internet Audio/Video Conferencing.

There will be millions of naysayers who finally get with the program once they hear that they can Phreak too. Online banking is great and the WWW is fabulous, but free long distance and video conferencing is the killer.

As we speak our long distance providers are trying to squelch this movement. Check out the VON Coalition and see what you can do to help.

Dont forget, you heard it here first: Killer App.

AOL upgrade

Originally posted Mar 9, 1996

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.

MS Internet Explorer 3.0

Originally Posted Mar 8, 1996

Microsoft is going to release (real soon) their Internet Explorer version 3.0 (alpha of course). This version will include java support, Visual Basic support, frames, real audio, inline avi, marquee text, VRML, email, and newsgroups. Its code name should be Netscape killer. When it comes out, do not ask for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for Netscape.

And for all you business people out there, Microsoft is bundling their internet software with their NT system. It’s Mike Tyson versus Mike Jackson. Where is your money?

Macromedia (a.k.a. Commadot.com’s first post)

Originally Posted Monday, March 4, 1996.

Macromedia announced the long awaited successor to its award winning multimedia program. Director 5.0 will hit the streets at an estimated $900 US. Director 5.0 will be the first upgrade in several years with many badly needed new features. See the copy from Macromedia here.

What does this mean? It means that Macromedia is going to make ALOT of money this year selling its multimedia authoring tool, especially considering its lack of any real competition and its successful Shockwave plugin for Netscape. This new plugin lets HTML jockeys create multimedia right on their web pages without Mr. Java.

Shockwave is free but Director is mondo bucks. Recently TCI’s online venture through cable (@home) licensed Shockwave for their front end. (release) MACR is the stock to buy this year. Long term gain prediction = 100%.