Netscape CEO refutes IBM alliance reports

The head of Netscape is denying press reports that the company is discussing an alliance with IBM.

The head of Netscape is denying press reports that his company is discussing an alliance with IBM that would combine Notes with unspecified Netscape products.

"The news story of deeper collaboration is not true," Netscape's Jim Barksdale said after his keynote speech in New York at PC Expo earlier this week. "The story is not valid and we categorically deny it," he says, of an article in the July 8 issue of Fortune magazine.

Barksdale says Netscape is in ongoing discussions with many companies and talks with IBM about "hundreds of things a month".

Barksdale also says he has no plans to prune back the high growth of Netscape, which has shipped 38 million copies of its flagship Navigator Web browser in the 18 month life of the product.

"My goal is as the rocket takes off, don't slow it down. You've got to reach escape velocity -- we're keeping the pedal to the metal."

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