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Microsoft: Now-dead Netscape shows antitrust decree worked

Gregg Keizer | Jan. 3, 2008
Microsoft Corp. cited the recently discontinued Netscape Navigator as an example of why most provisions of the 2002 antitrust settlement should be retired.

Microsoft also touted the Netscape Navigator browser as an example of "platform software" whose development was given a helping hand by the soon-to-expire sections of the 2002 decree. "Those remedial provisions were designed to provide opportunities for the development and distribution of platform software running on the Personal Computer desktop, such as Netscape's Navigator and Sun's Java Virtual Machine," said Microsoft in the Dec. 28 memo. "Those provisions have fulfilled their objectives and now are scheduled to expire."

On Friday, the head of AOL's Netscape Communications Corp. division declared Netscape Navigator dead, saying that his team is halting development and would issue security updates only until Feb. 1.


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