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digitalMASS: Microsoft: The hobbled victors of the browser war

Apr 03, 2000, 20:07 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hiawatha Bray)

[ Thanks to Bill Dearing for this link. ]

"Those of us with an experimental bent are already preparing for life in this brave new world. Alternatives to Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) are easily available to anyone with a taste for adventure, a tolerance for mediocrity, or an excess of disposable income." >P> "There's Netscape Communicator, of course; a solid enough product, and free of charge because Microsoft forced the company's hand. The newest Communicator, version 4.7, is a solid product. Not quite as fast as IE, though, and of course not as well integrated into the Windows operating system."

"But there's another Web browser on most Linux machines, a quick and handy little program called Lynx. This browser is non-graphical. Lynx doesn't display pictures or fancy fonts -- just dull, boring text, with highlights to indicate the hyperlinks that lead to other Web pages. There's no navigating with a mouse, either. With Lynx, you just use the tab key to hunt your way through a site."

"Back when the browser wars between Microsoft and Netscape were at their peak, some of the shellshocked survivors... wanted a colorful, graphically-based browser that wasn't controlled by either of the industry leaders. ...many of these folks using Opera, created by a free-thinking bunch of Norwegians. It doesn't have all of the features of the Microsoft and Netscape browsers, but it comes fairly close. Certainly for straightforward Web surfing, Opera delivers quite a satisfactory experience."

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