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Netscape redux: Google's Chrome browser now an OS

Aug 06, 2009, 21:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bernard Cole)

[ Thanks to GenKabuki for this link. ]

"But what signaled Netscape's doom and made Microsoft shift strategies - offering its browser free and muscling its customers and hardware partners to make it harder for Netscape to compete - was not its struggle to compete with Netscape's dominance in the browser segment - minuscule compared to desktop software.

"More threatening was that Netscape had started talking about - and working with partners on - a new Web-browser centric applications programming interface that would bypass the desktop OS as the platform within which all application software would run.

"The idea, Netscape proposed, was a totally Web-centric applications environment in which developers would write their software to run under the browser without the intervention of the OS altogether."

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