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PC Week: Netscape browser slims down, opens up

Apr 05, 2000, 22:54 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Rapoza)

"It took a little over two years, but the world can finally see the fruits of Netscape Communications Corp.'s entry into open-source software with the preview release of Netscape 6 and with it, perhaps, a renewal of the browser wars."

"Netscape 6's feature set breaks little new ground, and most of its capabilities have been seen in other browsers. The aces in the hole for Netscape are the browser's portability and its streamlined code."

"Netscape 6, which was slated to be available for free download today, doesn't merely support standards; it is built on them. Much of its core technology is based on Extensible Markup Language, Resource Description Format and other standards. By committing to standards and gleaning the fruits of the Mozilla.org open-source development effort, Netscape has built a highly portable browser. The preview release is available -- and essentially identical -- on Windows, Linux and Mac OS, and there are a number of Mozilla builds available on other operating systems."

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