Netscape has won two votes of confidence for its Internet client software as both Novell and Oracle announced that Netscape Navigator will be their preferred browser.
Novell and Oracle plan to include Navigator with selected desktop and network computer products, officials said. Both companies cited Netscape's support for 100% Pure Java as part of the reason for their decisions.
Navigator has long been the most popular of several Web browsers but has been steadily losing ground to Microsoft's Internet Explorer. In the last two months, it suffered a pair of blows when Lotus and Apple named Explorer as the default browser for their wares.
Software vendors such as Lotus had cited Netscape's bundling of Navigator with its Communicator suite as a factor in swinging toward Microsoft's client, and Netscape recently took steps to counter that momentum.
Last week, it announced that it would offer Navigator 4.0 as a stand-alone product and announced partnerships with leading OEMs, Internet service providers and telephone companies.