Netscape's Plans for M14 and Beyond

Monday February 7th, 2000

Cmad writes, "Want to know more about Netscape's release plan? Another interesting article has been posted on that matter by Jim A. Roskind in the SeaMonkey newsgroup."

If the link above doesn't work for you, try this link.

Jim goes into detail about what Netscape is expecting to do with M14 - it could turn into an alpha Netscape product, a beta product, or, worst case, they might end up holding off to M15 for a branded version. They're expecting that M16 will be feature complete (presumably the skin-switching code and security module will be in by that time, too).

Beyond the obvious performance issues, I think Netscape should really try to address the usability issues with the current skin if they are looking to push out a beta product. For example, the toolbar buttons should be labeled, and the buttons themselves should not extend over the grey space below the main toolbar -- it looks like an unintended effect (or defect).

What do you think? Post your thoughts and ideas in the forum for this news item, but since this has been a contentious issue in the past, I'm asking that you please keep your post civil.


#66 Re: UI Skin to look like Navigator 4.x

by gerbilpower <>

Wednesday February 9th, 2000 1:37 PM

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This is just generalizing what I remember but here's a little story I heard from someone doing a survey at his company:

He wanted to gather statistics on what browsers were being used by the people working at his company, so he sent out a mass email to everyone asking for their browser and version.

Although most of them emailed back the browser and version of the software they were using, an interesting percentage of people asked how do they find out what version they are using. One email even asked the following question:

"What's a browser?"

That person, apparently, just referred the browser as something along the lines of "the Internet thing."