Netscape's president and CEO Jim Barksdale Thursday declared that software from Lotus and Microsoft is proprietary and cannot match the flexibility that software based on open Internet standards can. We can only presume that he was referring to software like Netscape's Communicator.

Barksdale's comments, which referred to Microsoft ActiveX and Lotus Notes, came during a keynote speech at the Net & Com '97 show in Tokyo:

"I tend to look at these products from the mind of a buyer. I don't want to be captured into any proprietary technology ever again," he said. "We refer to Active X as 'Captive X' because it insures that you can only communicate with your customers who are using 32-bit Windows platforms. It obviously is not an open-standards product...\[Lotus Notes\] "demonstrates that Lotus and all the companies are now realizing what Netscape has been saying all along, and that is that open standards are better for deployment in businesses than closed standards."

Netscape is attempting to get a foothold in the corporate market with their upcoming Communicator suite, which features E-mail and collaboration tools as well as the ubiquitous browser. Netscape's share of the browser market is quickly falling as Microsoft Internet Explorer, bundled free with Windows and many other Microsoft products, gains