Netscape releases Web source code

Netscape releases Web source code
Tom Foremski Netscape Communications has made available the source code of its Web browser software. The move is unprecedented in the computer industry and is part of a bold attempt to shore up its eroding share of the browser market. Netscape hopes the move will spur tens of thousands of software developers to create a variety of applications for the Communicator browser. “Releasing the Communicator source code rallies the developer community while leveraging the incredible talent of the net,” said Marc Andreessen, executive v-p of products at Netscape. The company claims wide support for the move from major companies including Adobe, Digital Equipment, Intel, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone and Oracle. Access to the source code is via Netscape’s mozilla.org Web site. Netscape will integrate the resulting developments in future Communicator versions.


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