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Table: Software For Browsing The Web


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TABLE: Software for Browsing the Web

PROGRAM PUBLISHER EASE OF SETUP FEATURES PERFORMANCE

Using specified Using other

providers providers

INTERNET IN A BOX HHHH HHHH HHHH 1/2 HHHH

(AIR MOSAIC)SPRY

COMMENT:

Easy to install with local provider.

Browser comes with other Internet

tools. Suggests Web sites you

might want to visit.

INTERNET CHAMELEON HHHH 1/2 HHH HHHH HHHH

NETMANAGE

COMMENT:

Includes full suite of Net tools.

Doesn't let you know

how much of a page has been retrieved.

NETCRUISER HHHH 1/2 N/A HHHH HH

NETCOM

COMMENT:

Cannot print and runs

relatively slowly, especially

with graphics. Software only works

with Netcom service. Easy to set up,

with a simple manual and handy

guided tour for newcomers.

NETSCAPE NAVIGATOR N/A N/A HHHH HHHH

NETSCAPE

COMMENT:

Can be downloaded off the Net.

Fades in graphics until

full image appears. Points to

powerful Web search aids.

PIPELINE HHHH 1/2 N/A HHHH HH

COMMENT:

User cannot save pages to disk

or easily print. Provides no

status on downloads. Includes

complete slate of Net tools.

PRODIGY******* HHHH 1/2 N/A HHHH HH

COMMENT:

Only built-in browser among

major online services. Instal-

lation is a no-brainer,

but users cannot search Web page

for text. Relatively slow performance.

*******Prodigy was tested at modem speed of 9,600 baud. All others were at

14,400. N/A= Not applicable. KEY: HHHHH Excellent HHHH Very good HHH

Average HH Fair H Poor

DATA: NATIONAL SOFTWARE TESTING LABORATORIES; BUSINESS WEEK


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