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Reuters: Netscape hopes less is more with new browser

Apr 04, 2000, 00:40 (8 Talkback[s])
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"Netscape, the maker of the Web-browsing software at the heart of the U.S. government's antitrust case against Microsoft Corp., is set to unveil on Wednesday a much-delayed upgrade that marks the sharply curtailed ambitions of the once pioneering programme."

"Netscape 6, the latest version of the programme millions rely on as their primary window to the Internet, will be introduced at a trade show in Los Angeles by officials of America Online Inc., which acquired Netscape last year."

"Netscape 6 represents something of a clean-slate for the company. Programmers threw out much of the bloated software code that had grown up since 1994 and started anew, creating a modular programme that speeds access to the Internet..."

"In contrast to Internet Explorer's focus on Windows, Netscape will run on not only Microsoft's Windows, but also Apple's Macintosh and the Linux operating system, the two main rivals to Windows."

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