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The Standard: Same [Browser] War, New Battlefield

Apr 18, 2000, 19:57 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aaron Pressman)

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"Three out of four Web surfers now use Internet Explorer. But Netscape hasn't given up the fight. ... While the company still wants to grab back some of its lost market share in PC-based Web browsers, this time the real battle will be fought over Internet appliances, wireless devices and other gadgets that provide Web access without a PC."

"...the fight for revenues in the second browser war - both on PCs and new devices - involves fees for services, advertising and e-commerce opportunities. The new Netscape browser, and accompanying content and hardware deals, gives AOL a two-pronged attack. On personal computers, the browser comes with a host of features intended to lure non-AOL subscribers to AOL-owned services like AOL.com, Instant Messenger, ICQ and Spinner.com."

"AOL is taking a different tack on Web appliances, giving subscribers a new way to gain access to services they already use. AOL-enabled devices, manufactured and cobranded by Gateway, include gizmos for browsing the Net from a kitchen appliance, a wireless pad and a simplified desktop computer. Linux - not Windows - is the operating system for the new hardware."

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