An 11th-hour meeting of Rob Stewart, Netscape's local managing director and Netscape's US brainstrust, yesterday has resurrected the embattled vendor from almost certain extinction in Australia.
Just last week, Netscape Australia issued a press statement announcing that: " the way in which its products and services are sold in Australia would be adjusted following a change of business model in various territories around the world."
But miraculously, Stewart returned this week with the news that discussions with US headquarters regarding the future of the local operation "were extremely positive."
"The Netscape operation in Australia and New Zealand has been highly successful. We have built a stable and fast growing business and an excellent team and this has been fully recognised by Netscape," Stewart stated.
Stewart confirmed that Netscape will continue to operate from its Melbourne [The Tea House] and Sydney offices with all 16 staff remaining with the organisation. It will also continue to serve its local customer base, which includes a massive joint deal with Telstra and Hewlett-Packard.
"We would like to thank our customers and business partners who have continued to support us, strong in their belief and recognition of our e-commerce and Internet technologies and our local expertise.
"We have made commitments to our customers and potential customers which we will deliver on. The opportunities for Netscape to provide added value to customers and business partners as a result of America Online's acquisition and their alliance with Sun Microsystems is very exciting," Stewart added.