AOL deal could reignite browser wars, WebSideStory says

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San Diego--A rumored plan by AOL Time Warner Inc. to terminate its exclusive support of Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer could re-ignite the browser wars. Web traffic measurement and analysis company WebSideStory Inc. said overall share of the Internet browser market for Netscape would surge from 6% to 20% worldwide if AOL were to convert its private-label browser from Internet Explorer. At one time, Netscape led Internet Explorer in browser usage, but Microsoft gained rapid adoption by releasing its software free. AOL Time Warner owns Netscape.
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