Feelin' Spry

August 12, 2005

This originally started because I saw a banner ad on a website, advertising the Spry web hosting. I started digging up more, like it was a true hollywood story, tracking the life and death of Spry. I *did* use them as an ISP and found this old post of Tim Oren’s where he goes through the list of what happened to Spry :

Purchased by Compuserve,

CompuServe purchased by AOL

AOL sells the Sprynet business to Earthlink

Don’t know what happened after that, since they’re a hosting company now.

I’m curious to know if AOL still owns the rights to the browser part of Spry. So at one point, AOL owned both the Netscape and Spry browsers and did absolutely nothing with them aside from running content-free ISPs with their names.

I know that at one point, Compaq removed Internet Explorer from their Presario desktops and replaced that with the Spry Navigator product. But that’s the last I remember of them. And if I’m not mistaken, mainly since I don’t have a lot of time to investigate this, is this the reason that Compaq filed a monopoly charge against Microsoft?