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.


#95 Re: netscape 4 ui

by shk41

Saturday March 18th, 2000 1:07 AM

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One of the things some are looking forward to is an improved UI look! The Netscape 4 look is so "eye-bothering"!!! I mean, the dumb, green icon is STUPID. When you move the mouse over one of the back or forward (etc.) buttons, the contrast is WAY too much. This is one of the reasons I use IE, it is so much more pleasing to the eye!

Don't you think they should make it look BETTER than Netscape 4??? I do!

Personally, I think the blue interface is a little much. There are some really good examples of a GOOD interface at this URL:


I think it is an important business decision to go with a new and improved look. This is a very easy way to progress against IE.