Microsoft's legal department says it is happy with Netscape's decision to give away its Navigator browser for free.
Microsoft associate general council Brad Smith called the move a "helpful fact" in Microsoft's ongoing legal problems.
"This shows that Netscape thinks about browsers the same way we do", claimed Smith. "It is just one more fact that proves what we have been saying all along: that a browser is not a separate product. That it is a product that is used with and integrated with other products."
Brad Smith concedes that this new development comes too late to help in Microsoft's current appeal against the injunction forcing it to unbundle Internet Explorer from Windows 95. However, he said: "I would not be surprised if this were placed before the court at some stage".
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