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The Standard: Browser Wars Redux?

Apr 07, 2000, 03:39 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Goldberg)

"The Wired News headline – "Netscape 6: Does Anyone Care?" – was odd, considering that the story about the new version was one of three the site ran. To judge by the amount of media coverage, reporters care a great deal about the release of Netscape's latest browser. Coming so soon after Microsoft (MSFT) 's legal defeat – in a lawsuit based largely on Redmond's attempt to quash Netscape – the upgrade seemed to suggest another skirmish in the "browser wars.""

""While many assume that the browser wars are over, the new browser will have a good chance to reverse the company's fortunes – and not just because of Microsoft's legal problems," wrote PC Week's Jim Rapoza. "PC Week Labs found the preview of Netscape 6 to be many things that Microsoft's Internet Explorer isn't: small vs. bloated, open vs. proprietary, offering support for standards rather than trying to co-opt them.""

"But at least one battleground remains: America Online. After all, AOL (AOL) now owns Netscape, and Steve Case himself introduced the new browser at InternetWorld Spring 2000. But AOL also has a deal with Microsoft, and reports were mixed as to that agreement's future. The AP wrote that, according to Barry Schuler, president of AOL's Interactive Services Group, the deal is "likely to continue for the foreseeable future." Reuters quoted Schuler: "If the little matter with Microsoft is resolved and we were allowed to carry the browser of choice, we'd use the Gecko technology," which underlies Netscape's new browser."

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