The High-Level View

AOL’s Missed Opportunity

July 11th, 2005 by Hans Bjordahl :: 13 Comments

Speaking of “high level,” there’s an enduring mystery of business strategy in the ’90s that I remain curious about to this day, and maybe someone out there could provide the insight that clears it up for me.

Simply put: Why didn’t AOL “go upstream” in the heyday of the AOL service and include a simple operating system on those ubiquitous AOL CDs?

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