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VNU Net: Meet Mozilla, the go-anywhere browser

Feb 09, 2001, 17:03 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Compton)

"Leaving aside market share figures (which have favoured Microsoft Internet Explorer for more than a year and a half now), there's probably never been a better time to be a true Netscape fanatic, because there's so much Netscape to choose from. The Version 4 series lives on, Netscape 6 provides new twists on the old themes Netscape itself made famous - and then there's Mozilla, the open-source, separated-at-birth twin."

"For unbelievers, prospects for a full Netscape recovery remain muddled, however. AOL has yet to find a way to end its own relationship with Microsoft and replace the hybrid Explorer-based AOL browser with the Netscape technology it paid billions of dollars for. For those scoring at home, such a switch would have a dramatic overnight impact on browser market share - AOL users are rightly considered part of the Explorer user base."

"If you believe the 'post-PC era' is becoming a reality, Mozilla is positioned perfectly as the browser you can use anywhere. ... The trouble is that, as a browser, Mozilla has very little open territory to conquer. Microsoft's strategy of bundling Internet Explorer worked like a charm, relegating Netscape to second-class web citizen."

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