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PC Week: Has Web-based computing passed by Netscape Communications Corp.?

Nov 07, 1999, 05:11 (7 Talkback[s])
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"We're trying to stay neutral, but it gets to the point where it's almost like Netscape is getting in your way to progress forward," said Gary Freeman, vice president of advanced technology for MRO.com Inc., a subsidiary of Project Software & Development Inc. in Bedford, Mass., which runs a supply chain portal. "We've done a lot of XML here. I want to bring it to the browser, and I can't have the boat anchor of Netscape saying I can't do it...."

"The reasons for Communicator's delay are many, but most observers put the blame on AOL's acquisition of Netscape late last year and the decision to transfer all Communicator development to the open-source Mozilla project."

"I, for one, have been disappointed with the outcome of Mozilla," said Mike Prince, chief information officer of Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corp., of Burlington, N.J., which uses Netscape. "I'm not sure in an open-system environment Netscape will even wind up being the surviving browser."

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