Netscape 6 Released
Tuesday November 14th, 2000
Netscape 6 has been released. You can download the installer here.
Tuesday November 14th, 2000 7:19 PM
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While I personally don't think N6 is as horrid as some of you people, let's assume for a second that it is. Yes, it took Mozilla almost 3 years.. yes, people were hoping for the "perfect browser"... and yes, N6 has problems... has anyone stopped to think about the fact that Mozilla has built a browser from 0 bytes to N6 (which claims better standards support than any other browser on the market) in the same time it took IE to go from 4.0 to 5.5... what changed in IE in that time? some additional standards maybe.. a "Go" button.. a "Radio Stations" button.. arguably a little stability, maybe...
NS6 is essentially a 1.0 product. The first Netscape product delivered from this code base. And even if it's as horrible as some of you say it is.. imagine 2.0... if they can put the same amount of work into 2.0 as they did in 1.0, we're looking at an amazing product. and if MS puts as little work as they have into IE the last three years, the browser wars (that are supposedly over) will get interesting.
Look at Mozilla's momentum. What they've done in 3 years. NS6 vs IE5.5(or 6 eventually) MAY NOT fair well for Netscape.. but if Mozilla continues at it's current rate of speed, and MS continues at it's current rate of speed, the 7.0 browsers will be a different story.
So, 6.0 wasn't the holy grail of web browsers. stop complaining, submit bugs.. get the word out, 6.1, 6.5, 7.0.. they're coming.. and once again, finally, Netscape will be competitive with IE.