attempt to revitalize its mostly gutted Netscape
division, America Online is seeking to hire
product management and business development
Monday, Jeremy Liew, general manager of
Netscape.com, posted a message on a jobs mailing
list calling for candidates to apply to work for
the organization, which played a key role in the
development of the Web but has since faded
is aggressively hiring right now," Jeremy
Liew said in the posting. "We are treating
Netscape as a 'restart,' with a mandate and a
budget to take Netscape in a dramatically
different direction, although still focusing on
its current businesses as the No. 2 Web browser
and No. 3 general audience portal."
the company had multiple positions in product
management, with "experience in search,
browsers, consumer-facing Web sites, consumer
software, authentication/personalization, or Web
publishing all valuable."
openings are for positions in Columbus, Ohio,
Liew said. An AOL representative was unable to
give a current employee count for the Netscape
division, partly because programmers may work on
other AOL properties as well.
close to AOL confirmed that the message was
authentic. AOL on Monday declined to give
details about plans for Netscape. "Netscape
is a terrific brand and there's a lot more we
can do with the portal," spokesman Jim
Whitney said. "But we're not prepared to
discuss our plans at this time."
helped make the Internet a household name with
its browser software. In 1994, the company
launched Version 1.0 of Netscape Navigator,
which was a commercial version of the pioneering
largely owned the browser market when it went
public in 1995 and was still a contender in
1998, when the Netscape browser's market share
ran neck-and-neck with that of Microsoft
Internet Explorer. Also in 1998, America Online
said it would buy Netscape in a deal then valued
at $4.3 billion. Given the Internet stock boom,
the transaction's value rose to $8.98 billion by
the time shareholders approved it.
America Online, which later merged with Time
Warner, began devoting fewer and fewer resources
to the Netscape browser, and Microsoft's IE came
to dominate the browser arena.
settlement last year between Microsoft and AOL
Time Warner (which has since dropped the AOL
from its name) seemed to formalize the Netscape
browser's demise, as Time
Warner inked a seven-year contract to use IE
in its flagship service.
at this point offers a discount
Internet access service and serves as a
portal that boasts 19 million unique users a
month, Liew said in his jobs posting. Netscape
also had about 18 million downloads of its
browser in the last 12 months, he said.
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