AOL, after settling with Microsoft to use Explorer as its AOL browser for the next 7 years, has killed Netscape today. Though disappointing that AOL is dropping it's browser, it can't be said that it wasn't expected. Fortunately, Netscape's undoubtably prettier sister Mozilla, a favorite with developers, lives on. A foundation has been set up to keep Mozilla alive, allowing it to continue to innovate.

In other news, Microsoft has killed Mac Explorer and has stated that there will be no new PC updates until 'Long Horn' comes out in 2 years. New PC versions of Explorer will no longer be free and will be tied even closer with the operating system. I can think of no better reason to switch to Mozilla right now if you own a PC. With current versions of Mozilla blowing IE out of the water (tab browsing is better than sex), I can't imagine what the gap in browser technology will be in 2 years. Switch now. You won't regret it for long.

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I want to warn people playing at home that if they're using Windows they may prefer Mozilla Firebird to the stock Mozilla. The difference is that Firebird doesn't include the Mail, News, IRC clients or the Composer web editor. This makes it a lot faster than the stock Mozilla (which isn't too bad itself with the turbo-start option) and it's popular enough that Mozilla 2.0 will be based on it.

I agree with Stephen that IE is the red headed stepchild of the web browsing universe...



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