April 15, 2008
AT&T Creating a New Browser
Ars Technica has a story on the first iteration of a browser from AT&T called Pogo. It's based on Mozilla rather than IE, and it requires a relatively beefed up graphics card to function. The browser is in private test mode, so nothing is publicly available right now. If the review is accurate, the browser has a long way to go before it can make it even public beta. Pogo eats up a lot of processing power in its present form.
The more interesting questions about Pogo are not even addressed in the article. The first would be why is AT&T doing this? Their partnership with Yahoo! for co-branded Internet service already pushes a top-heavy customized browser at AT&T customers. The review and screen shots of Pogo do not have any Yahoo! branding at all. Is there trouble in Yahoo!-land over their partnership? Might this have something to do with the likely sale of Yahoo! to Microsoft in that a Microsoft-owned Yahoo! may not be a partner to AT&T's liking? Even though Yahoo! hosts mail services to AT&T Internet customers, the default addresses are named with AT&T properties as domains. It would be easy to take these addresses to a non-Yahoo! host without disrupting customers.
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