Netscape missed its chance to rain on Microsoft's parade when Internet Explorer (IE) 3.0 was released last night. As Microsoft celebrated getting its much-improved Web browser out of the door first, Netscape was reduced to leaving a sign on its home page, telling users that Navigator 3.0 would be released next Monday, August 19.
A Netscape UK spokesman had last week said that Navigator 3.0 would appear the day before Microsoft's coming out party for IE, earning the firm a point - however token - over Bill Gates's company. Instead, it ran a banner message on its home page, reading: 'Next Monday Netscape Will Take The Wraps Off The Final Version Of Navigator 3.0 And Reveal Why Internet Explorer Has A Long Way To Go'. The page went on to list Navigator advantages over IE claiming, speed, size, security and platform coverage made it the better choice.