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ZDNet: Is your browser history?

Mar 26, 2000, 17:19 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"Smaller. Faster. Customized. The emerging market for 'embedded browsers' could make lumbering Netscape and IE browsers look like dinosaurs."

"The prettiest HTML screen display doesn't necessarily win; the most compact technology that best displays plain old text does. On cell phones or Internet appliances, customers want quick access to stock quotes, sports scores and global positioning data. A one-size-fits-all approach is superceded by embedded browsers' more customized interfaces, tailor-made to handle niche chores, such as monitoring a soda machine's stock."

"By no means are the big boys conceding defeat, however. Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Netscape claim they have grand browser plans across a variety of embedded devices. Microsoft recently demonstrated a research prototype of a technology called MiPad, which blends speech, pen and other multimodal input capabilities into an interface that could run on a variety of wireless devices, from cell phones to wrist watches."

"One company that already has discovered the challenges of porting to multiple form factors is Opera Software S/A , the Oslo, Norway-based developer of the Opera browser. While Opera Software pitches its browser as a faster, smaller alternative to Internet Explorer and Navigator for Windows PCs, the company is also writing for the Mac, BeOS, Linux and EPOC platforms. Opera Software is targeting the second calendar quarter as the ship date for Version 4.0 of Opera for all of these platforms."

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