billcale - 11:40 am on Nov 6, 2005 (gmt 0) jomaxx:
Netscape comitted suicide with the terrible Netscape 4.nn. That's the truth. It had nothing to do with Microsoft.
I think the US Department of Justice and courts have disagreed with this view. As a Netscape and Microsoft OS user during that time, I know I do.
Where are you getting this $150 million to $1 billion estimate? If you're referring only to the $1 per install, I'd be surprised if they paid as much as $1 million in commissions on this.
You may be entirely correct with your estimate. I can find no absolute numbers on the amount of Internet users but the $150M refers ROUGHLY to the number of US Internet users that MIGHT be using IE as their browser and the $1B refers to a world population that MIGHT be using IE. These numbers, again, would only be rough estimates and consider only a payout of $1 per install, which may not occur in non-US countries. (I was more concerned with the overall big numbers than with actual figures, for the purpose of this discussion).