Around the World Wide Web....
Was it only eight years ago that a spunky little program called Mosaic, created by graduate students at the University of Colorado brought life to the text fields of the Internet?
Remember the original Netscape?
Not many people do.
The Browser market has settled down a bit since the tumultuous days when Netscape battled with Microsoft in the first great battle for control of the Web.
It was a war Microsoft was destined to win. The company's domination of the browser market has established Internet Explorer as the de facto standard - a product that is easily the best on the market at the beginning of the 21st century despite a long list of flaws.
There are still plenty of options left for surfers who would like to try other browsers. And plenty of reasons why you should consider giving the competition a test drive at the very least.
Internet Explorer 5.0
You win Mr.Gates.
Forget the Anti-Trust Case. Forget the complaints about licensing and incompatible products that have plagued Microsoft for years. The fact is most people don't care.
Most are more than happy to use a browser that is more reliable, more sophisticated and far easier to use than anything else on the market.
Does this mean your grandchildren will be using version 26.0 of Explorer in the year 2040?
The crystal ball shows a competitor appearing out of nowhere. The only questions are who it will be and when it will happen.
When AOL purchased Netscape two years ago for $401 million experts wondered if what is basically a marketing company at heart would have the savvy to keep Navigator competitive.
For now, the answer appears to be no. The desperately needed release of 5.0 as been pushed back leading to serious morale problems in Palo Alto.
Skeptics think the company should worry less about developing branding channels and more about restoring Navigator to it's former glory.
Time will tell.
Well, technically no. NeoPlanet is a "skin" or shell that slips over a I.E.5 engine.
A good-looking, snazzy design with plenty of neat features but one glaring weakness: a tendancy to self-destruct in moments of stress.
As has been said of many a young athlete, there's potential for greatness here - if and only if the NeoPlanet development team gets its act together and irons out some rather serious wrinkles.
The leading Scandanavian browser...fans praise it's blazing speed and precision handling. Critics say...well let's be honest...they say it's boring.
The industry press chuckled when Opera appeared on the scene. Years later it's still around and growing in popularity every day among surfers unhappy with overproduced software and bloated code.
Worth a test drive at the very least.
In our Windows-Centric world, it's easy to forget that a significant number of computer users are still stuck in Dos-based environments - either by choice, or because they simply have no other option.
Arcachne, a compact, DOS-based browser developed by Czechoslovakian programmer Michael Polak in Prague, enables users to surf the web using the same sort of graphical interface you'd find in a Windows or Linux system.
The ideal choice if you find yourself stuck using an older machine without the resources to run today's superbrowsers.
Changing the company name from XChaos software to Arachne Labs was a wise marketing move. Some surfers were understandably hesitant to install anything on their computer from an unknown eastern european company with a name that brings to mind visions of ... the ebola virus.
Now that they've come up with a more suitable corporate identity it may be time for the Czechs to rename their product.
How about HappyPlanet?
Sort of like the NeoPlanet thing. Only Happier.
find what you need?