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Company at crossroads

It began as many Silicon Valley companies do, on the fly and led by a hastily assembled team of entrepreneurs and technology whiz kids. Now, Netscape Communications is at a critical juncture in its short history.

It began as many Silicon Valley companies do, led by a hastily assembled team of entrepreneurs and technology whiz kids. Now, Netscape Communications is at a critical juncture in its short history. In this special report, NEWS.COM examines what lies ahead for perhaps the Internet's best-known start-up.

Netscape at turning point
By Nick Wingfield
All start-ups have growing pains, but few are being watched as closely as Netscape. A year after the company's meteoric stock spike, the Internet company is settling in for the long haul--a difficult task for any company, let alone one only a couple of years old. This year will bring perhaps the most important test for Netscape's viability.

Breaking into new markets
By Christine MacDonald
news analysis Still known primarily as a browser company, Netscape has evolved into far more. One of the most critical markets the company is targeting is groupware, taking on such established players as Lotus, Microsoft, and Novell.

A rocket's path charted
By Anthony Lazarus and Rachel Powell Norton
timeline Netscape's phenomenal growth has become a standard by which all other Internet companies are judged. Here is an overview of the young company's dramatic life span.