In Pictures: When tech empires fall - 10 companies and products that dominated... and then didn't

These tech giants had a valuable market locked down. Then they screwed up.

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Netscape For the first generation of Web users outside academia in the mid-1990s, Netscape Navigator was the Web. In 1996, depending on which report you believed, Netscape was the browser of choice for 70 to 80 percent of Web surfers. But that advantage would be wiped out remarkably quickly. You had to pay to put Navigator on corporate-owned computers; IE was free to everybody, and Microsoft's work to integrate the browser into its omnipresent OS helped launch it to glory. Navigator lost the lead to IE by 1998; by 2002, its percentage of market share was in single digits.

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