Five years ago: Netscape, MS battle over object roadmaps

Netscape and Microsoft are once more clashing heads as they set out to court Web site developers

Netscape will next Monday announce free tools that are compatible with a new standard called Netscape Open Network Environment (One) to give ISVs more flexibility in developing Internet and intra-net solutions. Most of the tools will ship in the fourth quarter of the year and Borland, Sun and Symantec will be among supporters.

Meanwhile, back in Redmond, Microsoft has said it will hand over its competing ActiveX controls to an independent body taken from software vendors, customers and other appropriate sources, including rivals. SunSoft, JavaSoft and Netscape will all be invited to join the so-far unnamed group. The ActiveX watchers would arbitrate on thorny issues such as interoperability with other object specifications

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