AOL Time-Warner subsidiary Netscape Communications has released a preview of its newest Web browser. The move is the latest step in AOL’s campaign to win back market share from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.
Netscape 7.0 was developed around a technology called Gecko, which was created by an open-source browser movement known as Mozilla and funded by AOL.
Netscape has seen its share of the browser market decline in recent years to under 10%, but should see this boosted if, as expected, AOL includes Netscape in its flagship AOL software. AOL currently uses Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) as the default Web browser for its 34 million subscribers. Replacing IE with Netscape could reignite the browser wars of the ’90s.