Forbes: Building A Better Browser

“Just as the World Wide Web started to get interesting, software
giant Microsoft got into the game to challenge Netscape
Communications. Netscape’s Navigator, you’ll recall, was the
dominant browser software–and made Jim Clark and Marc Andreessen
rich–until most of the world gave in and just started using
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer by default. What’s left of Netscape,
the company, was acquired by America Online is now part of
Time-Warner. It still puts out a browser software, and still runs
an Internet service called Netscape Network.

“But the best bit of the Netscape legacy? The original browser
has been rolled into an open-source browser software project called
Mozilla. The current release of the Mozilla browser is version 1.6,
and it’s an interesting product. But Mozilla’s next-generation
browser, known as Firebird, is looking to be far more

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