Netscape is expected to roll out a much delayed upgrade of its web browsing software today.
Netscape 6 is the big hope for AOL, which acquired Netscape last year. But the browser faces stiff competition from Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE), which now ships in almost all Windows PCs sold and has some 70 per cent market share.
Netscape 6 is all about being "lean and mean", said sources close to the company. The browser will enable consumers to download components for email and internet telephone calls, but will exclude heftier items to reduce the browser's size.
In contrast with IE's Windows bias, Netscape 6 will run on Windows as well as Apple's Macintosh and the increasingly popular Linux operating system.
Netscape 6's core technology will also form the basis of AOL's so-called AOL-anywhere strategy, which will enable consumers to get services not only online, but through interactive TV, Wap phones and handheld PCs.
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