Story: If Netscape has survived

David Coursey: Now that Microsoft and AOL have reached a settlement, it’s time to take Netscape off life support
The settlement of the legal battle between Microsoft and AOL Time Warner means Netscape can now be taken off life support and the body harvested for any useful parts that remain.
The romantic in me says this is a terrible fate for a company whose Mosaic/Netscape browser changed the technology world so much. The realist in me responds that this only proves how overrated “first-mover advantage” really is. How many of the first companies to do anything are still in business when the industry matures?

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