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Netscape's wild ride

The company is wrapped in speculation that it may sell all or parts of its business.

Special coverage: Netscape's wild     ride February 5, 1998
6:20 p.m. PT
Special coverage: Netscape's wild ride

That is the question as rumors persist that part or all of Netscape is for sale, with potential suitors ranging from established enterprise players to online giants.

Company on two legs
news analysis Now that its browsers are free, what if Netscape were to lose another revenue stream?

Why is Netscape in play?

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Netcape's wild ride

 previous coverage
 • Netscape's sea change
Once seemingly untouchable, Netscape See special coverage: Netscape's sea change is facing losses, its first layoffs, and corporate restructuring. It now has to hustle to keep competitors and Wall Street at bay.
 • How free is freeware?
Netscape decided to give away its browser and the source See special coverage: How free is Freeware? code for a new version of its Communicator suite, embracing the concept of "freeware." But the company must now make some crucial decisions for the applications that come from this code.
 • Netscape now--for free
In what many say is an See special coverage: Netscape now--for free unprecedented move, Netscape will give away its browser and the source code for its Communicator suite, striking back at Microsoft's Web development strategy.
  Browser market chart.

 

Netscape should be merging with an established player in the enterprise market.

 

Even if Netscape's share of the market is eaten away by Microsoft, it'll still control a significant amount of traffic.