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@SteveSteiner If I remember it correctly, Netscape made the browser free to download, and free "for educational" use. This covered all us students in college at the time. The most succinct summing up of the rise and fall of the Netscape business model comes from a Rands article (http://www.randsinrepose.com/archives/2004/01/26/beta_is_dead.html) At the time, the money was coming from enterprises who a) “got” web browsers and b) purchased site licenses for the browsers. Netscape sales folks would comb download logs, see what companies had employees downloading the browser, call ‘em up, and sell ‘em site license. Nice model. Too bad about that whole Microsoft screwing.
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