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Forbes: Building A Better Browser

Feb 06, 2004, 01:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Arik Hesseldahl)

"Just as the World Wide Web started to get interesting, software giant Microsoft got into the game to challenge Netscape Communications. Netscape's Navigator, you'll recall, was the dominant browser software--and made Jim Clark and Marc Andreessen rich--until most of the world gave in and just started using Microsoft's Internet Explorer by default. What's left of Netscape, the company, was acquired by America Online is now part of Time-Warner. It still puts out a browser software, and still runs an Internet service called Netscape Network.

"But the best bit of the Netscape legacy? The original browser has been rolled into an open-source browser software project called Mozilla. The current release of the Mozilla browser is version 1.6, and it's an interesting product. But Mozilla's next-generation browser, known as Firebird, is looking to be far more intriguing..."

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