Netscape may offer free browser

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In what would be a major marketing shift, Netscape Communications Corp. may follow the lead of Microsoft Corp. and offer a free version of its World Wide Web browser. Netscape always has officially charged for the Netscape Navigator. But Microsoft changed the game by making the rival Internet Explorer free when it entered the market in late 1995 and began a corporate resolve to focus on the Internet. So now, Netscape is considering formally offering its own free browser, a move that could help it reclaim falling market share.

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