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 Deja.com 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.
#71 Tee hee
Wednesday February 9th, 2000 5:25 PM
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Sorry, I'm just not seeing how special this "native" UI is. I don't like Mac's, I like Windows' even less, I just don't see the obsession here. God forbid don't take away my flat, gray, featureless UI! No one gives that much of a damn anyway. The sad fact is that Mozilla will be used by roughly the same number of users that it would be if it had native UIs. If Mac users want to support Microsoft and IE that badly, they can and will continue to use it. Windows users historically use whatever is there, except a small percentage of Net geeks, myself included. Every other platform other than Windows (and any IE using Macers) will use Mozilla and will be able to because the native UI issue isn't bogging Netscape down in the ports. Mac and Windows users can snivel about scrollbars while Amiga users eagerly await a browser that works properly because it isn't bogged down by the very native crap that some (mostly Mac) people want to add back in.