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The video "Historia de Internet 1/2" depicts the history of the internet from its early scientific origins to the notorious browser wars between Netscape and Microsoft. It follows Netscape's path from a rebellious startup to a successful tech giant before eventually being crushed by Microsoft's aggressive expansion strategy. As Netscape's market share plummeted, Microsoft came under fire for violating antitrust laws, leading to a historic antitrust case. The verdict resulted in a total paradigm shift in the tech industry, marking the beginning of a new era where even the most powerful companies could crumble with a single click.

  • 00:00:00 In this section, the video recounts the early days of the internet which was essentially a dark network of research used only by academics, researchers and scientists. However, visionary computer science student Marc Andreessen, along with his colleagues, had a crazy idea of making the internet more accessible and useful to everyone. Together they created the world's first graphical web browser called Mosaic which made the internet more user-friendly and accessible. A giant pile of money was needed to take Mosaic to the world beyond academia and Jim Clark, founder of the legendary company Silicon Graphics, stepped in. Clark, who was looking for something new, convinced Andreessen to move to Silicon Valley and they started working on their own company, paving the way for what we know as the internet today.
  • 00:05:00 In this section, we see the story of Mosaic, the web browser that would change the internet, and how it led to the recruitment of a team of geniuses in Illinois. Mark Clark, one of the developers of Mosaic, was determined to turn it into a commercial company, but he needed help. They went on a recruiting trip to Illinois, and Clark impressed the team with an offer they couldn't refuse. However, not everyone saw the value in Mosaic, and Bill Gates, the co-founder and CEO of Microsoft at the time, thought that people should pay a toll to use the internet. Gates believed that his online system, Microsoft Network, would become the dominant platform, but he did not foresee the rise of a young and ambitious group that would threaten everything he had built.
  • 00:10:00 In this section, we see how Bill Gates' aggressive behavior towards competition was due to his fear and insecurity of being knocked out by a new player. This was especially true with the rise of Netscape Communications, housed in San Francisco, which aimed to expand the internet and make it the future of commerce and communication. Gates' team at Microsoft knew that time was running out and that they had to act fast to create a browser that could compete with Netscape's. Meanwhile, Netscape's team worked around the clock, driven by a great sense of urgency, to create a browser that would make the internet accessible to everyone.
  • 00:15:00 In this section, we learn about the rise of Netscape and their browser, Navigator, which became an instant success and changed the world's perception of the internet. Microsoft, the most powerful company in computing at the time, saw Netscape as a threat to their near-monopoly with Windows and began to take action. Bill Gates wrote a memo to his team titled "The Internet Tidal Wave", which would eventually lead to the beginning of the browser wars. Gary Reback, a lawyer, did not see the future as particularly bright as he recognized that the industry was culturally conformist and that Microsoft's control of the operating system secured their position as one that others could not hold a candle to.
  • 00:20:00 In this section, we learn about the controversial meeting between Microsoft and Netscape in 1995. Microsoft saw Netscape as a major threat to its dominance and offered a proposition to acquire their entire business for a million dollars or face being destroyed by Microsoft's competing browser. The meeting was a turning point and Netscape hired antitrust lawyer Gary Reback to initiate a lawsuit against Microsoft for antitrust violations. However, Tomás Ruiz Donoso, a representative for Microsoft, became suspicious of Netscape's intentions, believing that the company had deliberately set Microsoft up for a lawsuit in a bid to increase their stock market appeal.
  • 00:25:00 In this section, the video discusses the boom of the internet during the 1990s, including the high volume of transactions during the initial public offering of Netscape's shares. Netscape quickly became a major player in the tech industry, with engineers becoming rich and famous. However, their success seemed to go to their heads, and they began insulting Microsoft, a major player in the industry. Microsoft retaliated by investing millions of dollars into their own browser, Internet Explorer, and launching a battlefield against Netscape. The two companies found themselves in a struggle for power over the world of the internet.
  • 00:30:00 In this section, we learn about the fierce competition between Netscape and Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Despite Netscape's pioneering lead, Microsoft had formidable resources, financial backing, and their leader Bill Gates at the helm, who would stop at nothing to destroy Netscape. Microsoft's plan was to copy Netscape's moves and release newer versions of Internet Explorer to shorten the gap of Netscape's market share by 1% each time. Bill Gates had an army of salesmen dedicated to removing Netscape from the market and ensuring customers saw Internet Explorer as the only option. Since Netscape had to make a profit, the company had to charge for their product while Microsoft integrated Internet Explorer into Windows for free. By 1997, Microsoft's strategy had won, and Netscape's market share was reduced to less than 10%.
  • 00:35:00 sus acciones se desplomara en el mercado. En esta sección se relata cómo, tras la dura batalla que llevó a Netscape a la derrota y a la compra por parte de AOL, Jim Clark y su equipo se sintieron decepcionados por el fin de su empresa, aunque obtuvieron ganancias millonarias. Mientras tanto, Microsoft se enfrentó a un enemigo mucho más grande que Netscape: el gobierno, que acusó a la compañía de utilizar su monopolio de Windows para obstaculizar el acceso de los consumidores a los productos de Netscape. Así, Microsoft tuvo que enfrentar un histórico juicio antimonopolio que, finalmente, llevó a su declaración de culpabilidad y a la recomendación de dividir la compañía.
  • 00:40:00 In this section of the video, the transcript excerpt describes the aftermath of the United States vs Microsoft antitrust case, in which Microsoft was accused of violating antitrust laws. The verdict resulted in a massive drop in Microsoft's stocks, and hit Bill Gates especially hard, leaving him physically ill and even reportedly breaking down in tears during a meeting. Although a federal appeals court eventually rescinded the order to break up the company, it was clear that Microsoft was no longer the dominant force in the tech industry that it once was. Gates ultimately stepped down as CEO and began focusing more on his philanthropic work through the Gates Foundation, following in the footsteps of figures like John D. Rockefeller. The rise of new companies like Google signaled a changing tide in the tech world, and even the most powerful empires could now crumble with a single click.

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