Re: [NYT] Internet Browser Idea Arose Long Before Netscape.

Nelson Minar (
Fri, 7 Aug 1998 09:50:35 -0400

>Yesterday the New York Times ran an article on the filing that the
>Internet was already on Microsoft's map the very week Netscape was born...

I don't find this very hard to believe - folks at Microsoft aren't
stupid and blind. The incredulity about this claim mostly seems to be
the misconception that Microsoft is claiming to invent the browser.
They obviously aren't - MSIE 1.0 incorporated code from NCSA Mosaic,
and folks with a bit of memory remember that the Web was born on NeXTs.

It will be interesting to see how they substantiate their claim that
they were integrating the Internet into the desktop way back then. I
could just believe it. And it was a damned good idea. People are still
coming up with the brilliant idea of adding an HTTP-based filesystem
into Linux, but it ain't happening. Heck, we don't even really have a
decent FTP filesystem.

>Mr. Allard's 16-page memo, "Windows: The Next Killer Application on the
>Internet," sounds like it'd be a fascinating read now

Maybe it'll be entered as evidence?

>By the way, they moved my "have dinner at BillG's house" date to
>August 18

Be sure to jump on his trampoline.