R.I.P Netscape

It has been news today that AOL is firing people from Netscape, mainly from research and development. There is no doubt that this is results about AOL vs. Microsoft settlement 2 months ago where MS settle antitrust suit brought by AOL Time Warner, paying the latter $750 million.

But is this really a bad thing? This is how business works; if you have money you can buy your competitor out. Microsoft doesn?t want future development on fat web clients because that would kill their office application. Ok, this is a bad thing for those people in Netscape who got laid off but I believe MS did not choose to laid off bad ones and those who are now writing their CV’s can write there that “MS paid AOL $750M to get me fired” ;-)