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#1 User is offline   Ken Gracey 

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:41 PM

Wow I never thought I would ever type those words into a durum post, but yes it's true Microsoft bought all the AOL patents today which includes Netscape :(

How many people here, started there Internet life on Netscape or Netscape communicator... Ahhh those were the days
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:06 PM

What Netscape is still around???

I started my web browsing life with Netscape.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:11 PM

I still remember walking into Harvey Norman, in 1984, and having the option to pay $34.95 for Internet explorer or $24.95 for Netscape.. You can guess which one I bought.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:26 PM

WOWOWO! really Netscape! I thought it was dead ages ago. May be Microsoft is buying some relics and paraphinelia for display in their museum. No?
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:26 PM

IE wasnt released until 1995

Think you might be losing your memory Ken ;)
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:29 PM

O did Netscape come out in 95, damn I thought it was 84~85, well headman when you get to my age, a day feels like an hour and ten years feel like lunch break :D
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:32 PM

Netscape came out in 94
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:36 PM

What so you are going to split hairs over 10 years between friends :P I don't have to many hairs left to split at my age.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:37 PM

I believe Netscape holds the patent for SSL (yes, that SSL - secure socket layer) but haven't been charging licensing fees for it. VERY strategic acquisition for Microsoft and a potential cash cow if they want to go down that line.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:19 PM

Wonder if they paid a billion for it, better value than Instagram surely.
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:09 AM

Yes they did pay 1 billion for it :D

But i think that included a bunch of other patents as well
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