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NY Times: Netscape Is Striking Back With Version 6.0

Apr 13, 2000, 22:44 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter H. Lewis)

"There is little chance that Netscape can recapture the desktop browser market from Microsoft, given that Internet Explorer is very good, is free and comes with almost every new PC. But Netscape and AOL are betting that the future of computing resides on the Web, not the desktop, and they have made the new browser so that it can run on everything from cell phones to small Internet appliances."

"Version 6.0 is spunky, and it streamlines the display of Web pages, which is what browsers are supposed to do. It was rebuilt from the ground up using an open-source Web-page rendering engine called Gecko -- named after a small, fast lizard -- and it is much more nimble than its immediate predecessor, Netscape 4.7. (Netscape had to skip Version 5.0 and go directly to 6.0 because Microsoft is getting ready to release Internet Explorer 5.5, and Netscape wanted to seize the high ground, numerically speaking.)..."

"Remember, this is prerelease software, which means that there are lots of known bugs in the code. The test version I've been using behaved pretty well most of the time, but there were occasional flurries of "blue screen of death" Windows errors that were probably a result of shaky code."

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