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Business Week: The Browser Wars Are Breaking Out All Over Again

Feb 08, 2000, 22:02 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen H. Wildstrom)

"Web appliances, with their low-power processors, limited memory, and lack of disk storage, are basically designed for Web surfing and e-mail, and can't handle the monster Microsoft and Netscape browsers. So far, the market has been dominated by a simple browser produced by Spyglass Inc. The Spyglass browser is simple and robust, but underfeatured. ... But a new generation of lightweight browsers is hitting the market."

"NETSCAPE 5.0. Netscape is back in the game, too. In 1998, Netscape turned browser development over to a nonprofit organization called Mozilla, which is working on a full-featured browser (code named SeaMonkey), that will eventually ship as Netscape Communicator 5.0, and a so-called rendering engine (the software heart of a browser) called Gecko. Although the project has been running well behind schedule, a number of companies are planning to use the Mozilla browser in appliances. Intel has shown prototypes of a Web appliance that uses the Linux operating system and a Gecko-based browser."

"...Microsoft may be crippling its own efforts. A number of potential partners lost interest when they were told that all Web Companions would have to connect to the Internet using Microsoft Network as their Internet service provider."

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