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CNET News.com: Netscape's Clark: Keep Internet Explorer with Windows

Jun 10, 2000, 02:22 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Borland)

"It's an unexpected plea from a man who saw his own company plunge from the Net's heights, in large part because of the link between Windows and IE. But Clark is worried that the proposed breakup of the software giant doesn't adequately guard against Microsoft regaining overwhelming power over the Internet. Allowing the company to put the most widely used Web browser under the same roof as its Web services is tempting fate, he said."

"The browser can be like the operating system," Clark said in an interview with CNET News.com. "The browser is to Internet services what the operating system is to (PC) applications."

"That raises the potential for a huge new industry of Web services companies, from applications to entertainment, all using IE as a base for their products. Allow Microsoft to put its Web browser in the same company as its own Web services, such as Microsoft Network, and the courts are simply laying the groundwork for more market abuses, Clark warned. "This would give (Microsoft's applications company) an enormous amount of power," he said."

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