Despite the dominance of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 4.0 (IE4), Netscape claims to have retained up to 60 per cent browser market share on the back of its recent Communicator giveaway.
Speaking recently at his own self-styled "unplugged" press conference, Netscape's Australia/New Zealand managing director, Julian Quinn, said the company still has 45 million copies of its browser available for distribution and is confident the free Communicator distribution is a "winning strategy".
"We have proved we can recoil from anything that's thrown at us, and demonstrated we can float like butterfly and sting like a bee," Quinn said. "We have transformed from being a browser-only company."
According to Quinn, it's full steam ahead now for Netscape with a strategy designed to boost its sales in the enterprise server market with products such as its recently-announced SuiteSpot 3.5. "There is no erosion of confidence," he said of the company's user base.
And even though 80 per cent of Netscape's revenue comes from enterprise server and Web advertising-related sales, Quinn says its browser remains central to the company's future. Intranets, extranets and the Internet are all tied together through the browser and it offers the best cross-platform solution, he says.