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Netscape's long-held dominance of the Web browser market is beginning to fade, as Microsoft's "give it away and they'll use it" strategy continues to lure users to the free Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE). Zona Research, an Internet market research firm in Redwood City, California, pegs MSIE's market share at upwards of 36 percent--and growing fast, although the recent U.S. Justice Department scrutiny of Microsoft could slow MSIE's move to dominance. In the meantime, Netscape Navigator's share has tumbled from 87 percent to 62 percent in just 18 months--and many Web experts expect Microsoft to win the majority of users before 1998 ends.

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This article was originally published in the February 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: On Guard.

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