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CNET News.com: Mozilla.org puts browser to work as word processor

Aug 01, 2000, 21:16 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Festa)

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"Since the Web's beginnings, developers and entrepreneurs have pointed to sites' abilities to host software applications traditionally found on personal computers. Web sites that focus on these types of programs--known as application service providers--have proliferated."

"But independent developers working through Mozilla.org, America Online's open-source browser development group, want to take those capabilities a step further. They are laying plans to turn the browser itself into a multitasking application that can surf the Web, edit Web pages, and handle spreadsheets, presentations and traditional word-processing tasks."

"To this end, Mozilla participant James Russell has launched an effort to integrate into the Mozilla browser the StarOffice productivity applications soon to be released into open-source development by Sun Microsystems."

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