October 6, 2004 3:40 PM PDT

Andreessen: IE faces one-two punch

SAN FRANCISCO--The Web browser wars may have been reignited, according to browser pioneer Marc Andreessen.

This time, it's not Andreessen's former company, Netscape Communications, that's taking on Microsoft's Internet Explorer. It's the increasingly popular smaller products such as Apple Computer's Safari and the open-source Firefox, Andreessen said.

"It may turn out that there's a one-two punch with Firefox and Safari," Andreessen said Wednesday at the Web 2.0 conference here. "Microsoft is certainly going to respond competitively."

Firefox owes more than a debt of gratitude to Netscape. The company created and funded the open-source Mozilla project that created it, although Mozilla was later spun off as an independent group.

Claiming browser development has been at a standstill since 1998, Andreessen said the recent emergence of competitive software will force Microsoft to pay more attention to developing new features in IE.

However, competition could compel the company to use aggressive tactics to protect its Windows operating system monopoly, he warned. Microsoft's maneuvers against Netscape ensnared the software giant in a lengthy federal antitrust suit. Microsoft was found to have violated antitrust law, but was spared from a breakup of the company.

Andreessen said he doesn't expect Microsoft to change its way of doing things should it detect a threat from Safari and Firefox.

"If I were (Microsoft) I'd take another look, and I would see how I could screw with other people's businesses with this monopoly (I) have," he said.

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Dump IE install Firefox !!!
I am using IE for 5 years there are myriad of error lot's of bugs but i have dont have another option due to the fact that there is not an option available but now there are plenty of options like opera,firefox.Opera does not render some site effectively but that's not the case in Firefox.Firefox ix amazing I really endorse the firefox :)
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Dump IE install Firefox !!!
I am using IE for 5 years there are myriad of error lot's of bugs but i have dont have another option due to the fact that there is not an option available but now there are plenty of options like opera,firefox.Opera does not render some site effectively but that's not the case in Firefox.Firefox is amazing I really endorse the firefox :)
Posted by Gurpreet Joshi (9 comments )
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Dump IE install Firefox !!!
I am using IE for 5 years there are lot's of error lot's of bugs but I don't have another option due to the fact that there is not an alternative available but now there are plenty of options like opera,firefox.Opera does not render some site effectively but that's not the case in Firefox.Firefox is amazing I really endorse the firefox :)
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