When I was twenty-eight,
It was a very good year
It was a very good year for Internet hacks
Who were full of air
With all those flowers in their hair
And it came undone
In nineteen ninety eight.
On June 25 Microsoft released Windows 98 First Edition.
On November 24 America Online announced its intent to acquire Netscape Communications in a stock-for-stock transaction worth US$4.2 billion.
The Browser Wars thus approached conclusion. We all know how much market share Netscape initially had, and how little share Mozilla with all of its derivatives has today.
So whenever I hear all that buzz about how great and awesome and strong and cool and supercalifragilistic Google is, I like to point out that (for whatever strange reasons) history tends to repeat itself.