Netscape has ceased all development of widely touted Java-based browser, Javagator.
Co-founder and vice-president of products at Netscape, Marc Andreesen, was reported to announce that, ?Javagator is dead? at a technology conference in San Francisco yesterday.
For months Netscape has denied that it was considering scraping attempts to build a browser written completely in Java.
Andreesen's revelation is further evidence that Netscape is now focusing on its e-commerce software and back-end servers, as well as continuing the development of its Netcenter portal site.
This ambition was stressed by Andreesen when he spoke at last week's Forrester Research Forum held in London. Netscape?s ambition is to be ?a software company and an online service company? he explained and pointed out that there is zero revenue in browsers for Netscape now.
As the competition hots up in the portal market, Andreesen also nominated both Microsoft and AOL to become Netcenter?s closest rivals and anticipates a second tier of portals to be made up of Yahoo, Excite and Infoseek.
It is unclear what will happen with the Javagator source code so far developed, leaving open the possibility that Netscape could make it available publicly on the Internet as it did with the Navigator source code.
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