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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)

"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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