Netscape's top executives have hailed the decision of the US District Court to prohibit Microsoft from forcing PC manufacturers to bundle its Web browser with PCs as a "victory for consumers".
Microsoft's Web software competitor proclaimed the decision as an important step forward in the pursuit of a level playing field for customers and the trigger for new competition for OEM software business as existing contracts with Microsoft begin to expire.
"Netscape is gratified that the government has taken this action and that the court agrees with the importance of keeping the marketplace competitive and open," said Roberta Katz, senior vice president and general counsel for Netscape. "This is a victory for consumers, because it helps to ensure customer choice."
Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale was reported as telling the market that the company would be much more aggressive than previously to help regain PC manufacturers business from Microsoft.
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