Yeah, Netscape used to charge... Microsoft was the first to make the browser a free download, and latter to integrate it into their OS. With an integrated browser, how many were going to pay for a browser anymore? So, Netscape ended up having to match Microsoft, by making it free, which gave Microsoft the advantage. Reason is, Microsoft didn't have to sell the browser, as they were selling the OS that it was integrated in, so making money off the OS itself. Netscape didn't have an answer to respond by, from which they could remain profitable.
Combine this with some issues in Netscape (actually Netscape 4 wasn't problematic on my PC, though the Netscape 4 we had installed on the AIX boxes at school, would routinely crash when launched in an X-Term), and Netscape was soon gone. I find it funny though, that Netscape is trying to re-emerge as a dialup ISP now, with some adds I've seen on TV. No dialup Internet with "web accelerator", really some form of compression, for the bits sent over the network pipeline; is of any interest to me. I now have broadband, and would be loathe to go back to dialup of anykind.
hehe, for the back in my day comments... Back in my day, the web didn't even exist I remember when I first got on the Internet in college many years back. Everything was pretty much text mode only, as people joined discussion groups, mailing lists, and other such entities, which neither used a browser, nor presented a GUI of anykind. Didn't have a modem, and hence Internet at home, until about CompuServe 2.5 though... Pretty much got online from uni only, prior to then...
I also remember when I first got on the web, and then when Netscape 2.0 was considered a big thing