Will RealNetworks be “Netscaped” by Microsoft?


Could the [AOL-MSFT] deal help Microsoft dominate the streaming media software market – and crush Real Networks in the same way it smashed Netscape’s pioneering browser? According to RNWK, there are several reasons why his company should be able to avoid Netscape’s fate.

First, there is a notable mistrust of Microsoft in many corners of the technology industry.

Secondly, content providers as well as consumer hardware makers are extremely wary of giving Microsoft too much power in the digital media domain.

Also, the company has an edge in the wirelessarena: It has already struck deals that will make its media player the de facto standard in mobile phones made by Nokia, Samsung, Siemens and Panasonic operating on Symbian software.

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