Microsoft competed strenuously with Netscape?
> .. Microsoft considered HTML incapable of delivering the rich experience users demanded, and that future investment would be focused on integrating Windows applications with web services.
> A side-effect, which Microsoft did not mention, would be to increase the Windows lock-in ..
Hardly a side effect, Microsofts integration of the browser into the desktop was designed solely with killing Netscape in mind. As such it was a total sucess. The main side effect being to dilute security on the desktop that directly led to the current malware/phishing epedemic. As in clicking on a url or opening an email attachment can trigger an event leading to the total compromise of the system.
"PSD needs to get serious about cloning Netscape. We must have a plan to clone all the features they have today, plus new ones they will add between now and our next release. We have to make this our only top priority and put our top people on the job. In addition to our planned Win32.OLE work, we have to get serious about extending and owning HTLM as a format", Ben SlivkaNov 1995
"with DocObject, we can lock them [Netscape] deeply into OLE for some time, while forcing them to ship a richer browser on Windows than on the mac", thomasre June 1995
"After the billg Internet review today, here are my thoughts on the priorities for PSD and the rest of Microsoft .. I think we should have to do even more cloning (esp. LiveScript) of Netscape, and we have to focus on Win95 - not Nashville .. 1. Clone their client technology early and often (full embrace strategy) 2. Add key Microsoft technologies to their client and target our tools at that client (full extend strategy), Ben Slivka 1995"
"we will brainstorm how to get a grab", Steve Ballmer, Dec 1996
And Finally, lets close with a little humor ...
1994: Mosaic Netscape released ..
1996: Bill Gates 'welcomes` Netscape into the Industry ..
"As Netscape comes into the industry, we hope they adopt a PC mentality [of documenting changes to standards]," Gates said.