Netscape's Branded Browser Name: 2001?
Tuesday February 8th, 2000
Henrik Gemal writes, "According to a bug that I reported the name of the next generation browser from Netscape is gonna be... hold on...
The bug report per mail. Check out the last line!!!!:
------- Additional Comments From firstname.lastname@example.org 2000-02-07 17:49 ------- The component names and their descriptions should be as follows (in this order):
Navigator -- 'Web browser software'
First, does anyone know for sure that this is the real name? Or is this just another 'placeholder' name?
I've gotta say that I don't think that the name of the app necessarily informs when it will be released. That said, I think it's a great name. It takes Communicator completely out of the game of version number one-upsmanship. It could also tie in really well with the whole mystique around '2001: A Space Odyssey'. They could be playful with it, and have their green Moz standing before a giant monolith...
There's also some other news of interest: there's going to be a Netscape-branded Instant Messenger, as well (which, I believe, will be built around XUL). It'd be nice to get some clarification on this.
Netscape 2000 or 2001 sounds like a great name and would help get the attention of average users, especially if IE continues the x.x names. But what would they call future releases? 2001.5? 2002? 2003? Those names are not very impressive IMO. If Netscape did adopt the 2001 name perhaps it could just be temporary. I imagine a splash screen that reads in large letters "Netscape 2001" and then in small letters "version 5.00". Then when 2001 is over and they decide against "Netscape 2002", then Netscape 6.0 could still be the next version.
BTW, since this relates to marketing, how about Netscape/Mozilla bumper stickers? I would buy one... make that several dozen. :)