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CNET News.com: Communicator browser delayed another two months

Dec 04, 1999, 18:12 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Festa)

"A year after being acquired by America Online and nearly two years after forming its open-source browser development group, Netscape Communications has yet to produce its fifth-generation browser, and it doesn't expect to release a trial version for another two months.

Since missing a summer deadline for Communicator 5.0, Netscape has seen its existing version 4.7 continue to lose market share to Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser, whose trial version 5.5 is expected to be released today on its MSDN site. And studies show marked migrations to IE among corporate users."

"Critics say that in falling so far behind Microsoft in its browser development, Netscape is ceding more of its tenuous position in the browser market, and that allowing Microsoft to lock up that market poses a serious threat to both content and software companies, as well as to consumers."

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