"Now, a year after America Online completed the acquisition, the
company is getting ready to roll out the first major new Netscape
release since the 4.0 browser was introduced in August 1997. (The
new version, scheduled to have a preview in April, will be called
Netscape 6.0 -- skipping past the long-delayed 5.0 version like an
unlucky 13th floor, and challenging Microsoft, which introduced
Internet Explorer 5.0 in March 1999.)"
"But even as Netscape touts a series of features and
technological improvements in the new browser, just as it has in
years past, the entire field of the battle has changed under
"What is more, America Online has found an unexpected dividend
from one of Netscape's last and most controversial decisions: to
make its browser "open source," like the Linux operating system.
That means publishing all the key Netscape components on a Web site
called Mozilla.org, so independent programmers can improve on them
and use them in their own products."
"Now that America Online has agreed to buy Time Warner, it plans
to use the modular nature of the browser to build versions of it
for major Time Warner brands. That means a CNN browser, for
example, would have the look of the CNN Web site and perhaps
features like updated headlines and video feeds. Money magazine's
Money.com might include stock symbols. And a site for teen-agers
might have links to the WB network and AOL chat rooms."
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