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siliconvalley.internet.com: Mozilla Officially Out of Netscape

Jul 16, 2003, 14:30 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Erin Joyce)

"Open source development group Mozilla.org Tuesday officially separated from its one-time browser parent Netscape Communications by moving its operations under the roof of new non-profit group The Mozilla Foundation.

"The move is yet another sign that the days of America Online's Netscape Communications division, which originally launched the Mozilla project, are numbered. An AOL spokesman said Netscape has laid off about 50 members of its Netscape browser teams, but said some employees have been re-hired by the new foundation.

"Since AOL's settlement of its suit against Microsoft, which officially ended the companies' IE/Netscape browser war, industry observers have said a scaled-down Netscape is a foregone conclusion. Netscape holds a tiny fraction of the market share for browsers compared to Microsoft's dominant IE browser, and AOL has the option of using Microsoft's browser and other software products as part of their legal settlement..."

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