Netscape Communications, smelling blood in the Microsoft court case, has launched a new "Customer Choice" campaign which provides instructions for removing Internet Explorer and installing Netscape Communicator. Beginning later this week, users clicking on the ubiquitous "Netscape Now" buttons that can be found all over the Web, will be forwarded to a new site that instantly downloads Communicator. Netscape will also give hardware manufacturers a desktop icon for Windows 95 that will link to the same site.
Netscape says that over 35,000 currently display the "Netscape Now" button.
Microsoft is not amused.
"It seems like a public relations stunt with no substance," said a spokesman for the Redmond giant. "Consumers always have had complete and total freedom of choice to use any browser they want."