Alex Horowitz Email

And another, this one to Steve Ballmer.


From: Alex Horovitz []
Sent: Thursday, May 16, 2002 10:19 AM
To: Steve Ballmer
Cc: Bill Gates; Dan’l Lewin <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />

Subject: RealNames and Microsoft



I think Microsoft’s decision to no longer support RealNames key word search in Internet Explorer is a big mistake.


Keywords clearly have value to AOL and why Microsoft would pull the plug on the RealNames technology confuses me. I hope that Microsoft reconsiders its position in this matter. At F2F Group we were looking forward to leveraging the RealNames technology in our .Net offerings as a mechanism for delivering timely appropriate content via web services.


I look forward to hearing an announcement that Microsoft has re-embraced the RealNames technology and will continue to support the RealName redirection in Internet Explorer.


 Best Regards,





Alex Horovitz
Executive Vice President & CTO
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Keith Teare is a Silicon Valley based, UK born, entrepreneur. He was involved at the founding of Accelerated Digital Ventures, Archimedes.Studio, RealNames and EasyNet. He was also founding shareholder in TechCrunch. He is US Managing Partner at ADV.