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Netscape Browser Rises From the Dead

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The Netscape Web browser may not be dead after all. After being written off by industry observers last year, the Netscape Internet software package will be updated by America Online, and could be released as early as next month.

The update appears part to be a broader effort by AOL to revitalize the Netscape brand it acquired in a $4.2 billion deal in 1998.

AOL is also testing a new Netscape Desktop Navigator product and in January launched the Netscape Internet service, a low-cost Internet service provider.

Version 7.2
The Netscape update will replace the aging version 7.1, released in mid-2003. The new release, which could come as early as next month, will likely be called 7.2 and will be based on version 1.7 of Mozilla, an upcoming release of the Mozilla Internet application suite, a source familiar with the product plans says.

An AOL spokesperson contacted Thursday hadn't gotten back to IDG News Service with comments by Friday afternoon.

Netscape 7.1 is based on Mozilla 1.4, which was first released in June last year. A first beta of Mozilla 1.7 became available last month, according to the Mozilla Web site. The Mozilla bundle includes a browser, e-mail, and newsgroup client as well as a chat client and Web page editor and offers features such as tabbed browsing and pop-up blocking.

Analysts had said that the death knell was sounding for the Netscape browser after AOL last year laid off essentially all of its Netscape software developers and ended development work on the Mozilla browser technology.

Development work was taken over by the Mozilla open source project, which was originally started in early 1998 by Netscape Communications and continued when AOL acquired Netscape later that year. Last year the people behind Mozilla created a foundation, largely funded by a $2 million pledge from AOL, to build, support, and promote Mozilla products.

News Source: PCWorld
 
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Netscape is basically just a re-branded version of the Mozilla suite. Why would someone use it when they could get exactly the same thing without the AOL-ware?

 

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