Microsoft Pulls a Prank / Company wins browser war against Netscape

Microsoft pulled an outrageous prank from yesterday’s frat comedy, “Animal House”, on Netscape Communications.

Mountain View-based Netscape, however, was quick to take its “Revenge of the Nerds”

Around 1 am, the high-jinks began when Microsoft engineers placed a logo for Internet Explorer that was car-sized (a big “e”) in front of Netscape’s headquarters.

Microsoft Explorer 4.0, its next browser, was launched hours earlier at Fort Mason. A browser allows you to search and display Web pages.

An Explorer group also sent a note with a photo of a grummy baby, along with the greeting card: “It is just not fair.” Bad people don’t need to feel sorry for themselves. The IE team wishes you all the best. Attached to the logo, a balloon filled of helium is written in helium: “We love your.”

There were only a few strips of netscape toilet paper missing.

Microsoft spokeswoman: “It all happened in the name and fun.”

Netscape officials were serious about their competition with Microsoft’s Navigator browser.

Netscape spokeswoman Vera Avalos said: “They have resort to immature Fraternity tactics in order to get attention.” It isn’t something you’d expect to see from the largest global software company.

Netscape employees did not stop them from taking revenge.

Yesterday morning’s engineers placed Netscape’s six-foot high dinosaur mascot Mozilla on the Explorer logo.

Also, they erected a cardboard banner with the phrase “Netscape72 Microsoft 18”, referring to their shares in the browser market.

The cardboard sign was disputed by a Microsoft spokesperson. Zona Research Redwood City stated that Netscape actually has a 62-36 breakdown.

Yesterday was filled with sophomoric jokes.

Netscape, however, demonstrated this week a Navigator program that mimics Explorer 4.0. Seybold Publishing Conference in San Francisco, was used to deflect marketing attention from Microsoft’s carefully planned Explorer announcement.

Netscape’s Aurora new technology is a way for consumers to access their Web pages, desktop files, and e-mail from one single screen. It’s similar to Explorer 4.0’s Active Desktop.

Aurora will be included free of charge with Netscape’s Communicator browser. This browser is available for $59. Communicator allows users the ability to view Web pages, as well as share files with others.