Netscape Navigator Turns 15

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zeringue

I remember netscape whining and complaining to the courts how unfair MS was and that the GOVT should do something about it.  Seems similar to the same crap Opera and other companies are doing now. 

If it only took MS 12 months to take the top spot from Netscape, I would summarize that Netscape's product really was not that good or people already realized that the browser was a tool to view the pages and showed no loyalty. 

 Why pay for something you can get free.  Opera should be wondering the samething, for years they even bragged how their browser would never be free. The result 1% of market share.

 

I am glad Netscape cut the trail, its sad that the company got lazy and failed to keep improving and planning their future.

 

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lien_meat

Netscape wasn't "whining" so much as reporting illegal behavior.  Microsoft (supposedly) threatened OEMS that they couldn't put windows on their computers if they installed netscape.  It's been documented countless times...but here's one, on page 5 of <a href="http://news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/microsoft/ntscpmcrsft12202cmp.pdf">this pdf</a>
Microsoft got in to LOTS of lawsuits back then for this type of behavior (including one with intel).  Whether or not all of it is true, I don't know...but the recorded accounts are pretty damning if they are.  Not much has changed either by the looks fo things, although I don't know that Microsoft bahaves quite as badly as they allegedly did back then.
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1337Goose

Opera is free now, and it's one hell of a browser... 

~Goose

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WFUJay

...but still inferior to Firefox.

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1337Goose

Depends who you are. Personally, I can't justify switching from Opera to Firefox... 

~Goose

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lien_meat

Hasn't it been free for quite a while now.  I think at least 5 years.  I remember a friend of mine bragging about it back in `04.  If I remember right, it had mouse gesture support back then too.
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Ryan Whitwam

It was 2005, I believe. It has always been a good browser. Being a paid app for so long just hurt them in the long run.

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