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Re: Supply and Demand
In reply to Robert Mark Waugh's message sent 11/25/97 2:33 PM:
>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.
A spirited defense. Again, to take the devil's advocate position:
substitute the names of any one of a number of former competitors, and I
think you've got Microsoft's basic argument revisited (poorly functional
products by comparison, drove itself out of business, etc.).
The idea that Bill Gates has appeared like a knight in shining
armour to lead all customers out of a mire of technological chaos
neatly ignores the fact that it was he who, by peddling
second-rate technology, led them into it in the first place.
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