Netscape is Officially Dead
After 10 years of support, on December 28th 2007, AOL announced that the Netscape browser will
be taken off life from February 1st 2008.
"AOL's focus on transitioning to an ad-supported Web business leaves little
room for the size of investment needed to get the Netscape browser to a point
many of its fans expect it to be." Netscape development
director Tom Drapeau wrote.
AOL acquired Netscape in a $4.2 billion deal in 1998. In 2003 the Mozilla Foundation separated from Netscape and AOL with its
former parent providing a $2 million dollar parting gift.
Netscape had been based on Mozilla code since Netscape
version 6 appeared in 2000.
Netscape Navigator 9
Netscape Navigator 9 (Beta 1) was released in June 2007. It is based on Mozilla Firefox 2.
Some of the new features in Navigator 9:
- Mozilla Features
- Since Navigator 9 is based on Mozilla, it has all the latest Mozilla
- URL Correction
- Navigator 9 will automatically correct common typos in URLs.
- Link Pad
- A new sidebar feature that allows you to save
links/URLs that you want to visit later without cluttering your
- Extension Compatibility
- Navigator 9 will let you install extensions that are compatible
with Firefox 2.
- Sidebar Mini Browser
- Bookmarks and links can be open in the sidebar.
- Resizeable Textarea
- Drag the bottom-right corners of text fields in forms to add
more typing space.
- Tab History
- Opening a link in a new tab will give the new tab the same
history as the source tab.
- OPML Support
- Navigator 9 supports importing and exporting your
bookmarks in OPML format.
- Combined Stop/Reload button
- To save space in your toolbar, the stop and
reload buttons are combined.
Netscape 8.1.2 was released in September 2006.
settings), and also allows you to switch to use Internet Explorer's engine to
render pages when necessary.
New features in Netscape 8:
- Site Controls (dual rendering engine)
- Multi-Bar (dynamic toolbar)
- Form fill/passcard
- Live Content
- Improved tabbed browsing
- Adware & Spyware protection
- Dynamic Security Center
Netscape 7 is based on open source engine (Gecko) and fine-tune of Netscape
Netscape 7 has been reported very stable and fast.
Netscape 6 was released in November 2000. This version was the first Netscape
browser with powerful support for CSS and XML.
Netscape 6 is based on open source engine (Gecko), while Netscape
Communicator 4.8 used the engine that was originally released in late 1994.
The Netscape Problem
Netscape's 4.x series of browsers had a poor support for CSS and no
support for XML.
It took Netscape nearly three and a half years after the release of 4.0, to
produce its next generation browser. This delay has clearly
hurt Netscape's possibilities to dominate the browser market.
Our browser statistics are showing that
Netscape is losing the browser war.
Older Netscape Versions
Netscape 5.0 -
Netscape skipped the version number 5.
Netscape Communicator 4.0 (released in 1997) Too old. Don't use it.
Netscape Navigator 3.0 (released in 1996). Too old. Don't use it.
Netscape Navigator 2.0 (released in 1996). Too old. Don't use it.
Netscape 1.0 (released in 1994). Too old. Don't use it.
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