Browser Wars: Network Managers Flee IE

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Remember the beating Internet Explorer gave Netscape? All but chased 'em right out of the browser business. Microsoft's weapons of choice: Free and bundled.

In retrospect, those weapons bit Microsoft on the backside, triggering US & EU anti-trust investigations, which in turn, have led to non-stop government diddling by countries large and small.

Meanwhile, Netscape responded by spinning off its skunkworks, Mozilla, which then released Firefox, a free browser bristling with anti-IE armament: Addictive multi-tabbing, unlimited extendability (with vibrant community support), and a huge security advantage, best summed up by, "Exploits that work on IE probably won't work on Firefox."

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