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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...

Netscape 2001

The bug report per mail. Check out the last line!!!!:

------- Additional Comments From michaell@netscape.com 2000-02-07 17:49 ------- The component names and their descriptions should be as follows (in this order):

Navigator -- 'Web browser software'
Mail & News -- 'Email and Newsgroup software'
Netscape Instant Messenger -- 'For use with the AOL Instant Messenger service'
Quality Feedback Agent -- 'Tool for reporting software crashes to Netscape'
Spell Checker -- 'For use with Mail & News and Composer'
Sun Java 2 -- 'Enables Java in Netscape 2001'"

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.


#9 Let 'em call it what they want

by asa <asa@mozilla.org>

Tuesday February 8th, 2000 11:13 AM

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I say let Netscape call it whatever the hell they want to. Let their marketing machine (and hopefully AOL's too) do whatever they think is necessary to get it in the hands of as many users as possible.

Now, as far as Mozilla is concerned, a real version system is necessary. I would love to see Mozilla referred to as Mozilla 1.x or something like that.

Then Netscape could say something like "Get the All New Netscape Communicator 2010 based on the latest and greatest Mozilla 3.7 codebase"

Asa (posted with mozilla)