by Deborah J. Aaron
A browser is a program that allows users to interface with the
World Wide Web. Nearly two years ago Internet World
reviewed 24 browsers
available at that time. Netscape (version 1.0) was named as one of
the two best browsers available in April 1995, with the other
being InternetWorks. However, later that year (1995), Microsoft entered
the Internet market by launching the Microsoft Network as a
commercial online service and integrating its Windows Explorer
browser with the Windows 95 desktop, as well as providing the browser
free of charge. Less than two years later, Netscape and Microsoft
dominate the Web browser market.
Netscape still has the majority of
the market. However, its market share has decreased to 70 percent
from 87 percent
reported in May 1996, and its primary competitor is Microsoft's
Explorer. One cannot open a computer magazine today without seeing an
that touts the "war" between the two companies, with such titles as
"Browser Battle Lines"
, "The Battle to Rule the Web", "The Browser War", or
"Netscape vs. Microsoft: Who Will Rule the Web?".
The purpose of this report is to describe, compare, and contrast N
etscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer,
and to examine their
current use of HTML standards as defined by the W3C.
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March 6, 1997