mozilla.org Releases 0.9.2.1
Tuesday August 14th, 2001
mozilla.org today released the source code for 0.9.2.1, which is the code that matches Netscape 6.1. This comes from the 0.9.2 branch, and is being made available both as part of the MPL license requirement, and as a way for third parties to easily use it to write compatible plugins and addon features to Netscape 6.1, as well as Mozilla.
#57 Re: Why people should use Mozilla over IE
Sunday August 19th, 2001 5:30 PM
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"What came out at the infamous DOJ vs. Microsoft trial was the in the early days of the web when Netscape 3 was supreme Gates had his now legendary 'conversion' when he woke up to the net and decided to reorient his company around it. But to make money out of the net, Gates needed to control it. So they started working on Internet Explorer."
Actually, Bill Gates saw the potential in the Internet before that. He apparently realised after someone demonstarted the then-dominant NCSA Mosaic browser to him. This was sometime in 1993 or 1994 before Netscape was even out (Netscape - or Mosaic Communications Mozilla as it was known earlier - started development in Spring 1994 and the first version was released on December 15th 1994 - which is why typing about:mozilla in Netscape Communicator 4.x brings up a quote from "The Book of Mozilla 12:15").
Microsoft claims it began to develop IE in 1994 and even back then planned to integrate it into Windows (remember this is pre-95), though there are obvious advantages to Microsoft's antitrust defense in claiming this. They investigated licensing Netscape Navigator in 1994 but finally licensed NCSA Mosaic from Spyglass in late 1994/early 1995. The first version was released with the Plus! pack add-on for Windows 95.
Bill Gates decided to bet the ranch on the Interent in late 1995 and said as such in his 'Pearl Harbor' speech on December 7th. Netscape 2.0 wasn't even out then.
So Bill certainly got the Internet later than you'd expect a technology leader to, but it was earlier than Netscape 3 (not that that weakens any of your other arguments).