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Re: Supply and Demand
Mitch Stone wrote:
> I accept most of what you say, but allow me to pose the devil's advocate
> question: Were there not several browsers on the market when Navigator
> arrived on the scene, and didn't Netscape essentially drive them out?
There was primarily one actual competitor with Netscape, it being Sprynet.
Netscape did not so much drive Sprynet out as much as Sprynet drove itself
Now, if you're referring to Mosaic, Mosaic was a project that was primarily
developed by the development team that made the first two versions of
Netscape's client. Basically, NCSA wasn't interested in evolving the
technology, so Netscape was founded.
If you're referring to lynx or w3, they were doomed from the get-go. There
were several other browsers that crept up after Netscape's initial success
such as NetManage's browser, etc. However, most of these other browsers were
woefully non-functional in comparison.
I'm not trying to glorify Netscape by saying that it has not been aggressive
in it's own attempt to make itself a viable company in an extremely
competitive industry. However, I think it's fairly obvious that Netscape's
business model isn't remotely similar to Microsoft.
For example, since the outset of our company, we have had a mandate to try to
not compete with companies that provide content. Despite the fact that we
have the most high profile website in the world, we do not actually provide a
search engine or other such venture. This is because we made a conscious
decision several years ago that if we build a monopoly in one market it is
morally (and, legally) wrong of us to leverage that monopoly into other
True, we have recently begun hosting more content and leveraging off of
ourexternal website's amazingly large userbase. However, due to the current
competition in this area, I hope that no one can fault us for trying to
preserve our company's future in light of being targeted by the world's most
aggressive, ruthless, and powerful company.