Well, during 1997's Macworld in Don
's beautiful Boston. Two things (against Don
's approval) happened:
1. Steve Jobs returned to Apple (as interim CEO)
2. Microsoft rescued the then financial troubled Apple with investment of US$150 million. (Microsoft bought US$150 million of Apple stock at market price. It was non-voting shares.)
Steve Jobs did say that investment was the best investment Microsoft had ever made. From Apple's perspective, that investment rescued Apple from near death.
The fruity designed iMac G3 released the following year, since then, Apple started gaining more market share.
Oh, one thing from Macworld Boston 1997 that should have Don
's approval was:
Microsoft Internet Explorer became the default browser on Macintosh. (Although Netscape Communicator was still included with all Mac and in OS 8, 9 etc.)
Back to AOL and Netscape
Personally, I think Microsoft was into other patents rather than Netscape's.
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