Netscape 6.1 Beta 1

Tuesday June 12th, 2001

Netscape today released a beta of their upcoming 6.1 release, based on the mozilla 0.9.1 branch. Check out the release notes, or grab the build.

#22 Re: Why, oh why, didn't they call it 6.5?

by strauss

Wednesday June 13th, 2001 3:56 PM

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When you say they liked it, I think that's a bit misleading.

"Version 6.1 still doesn't match IE, but its performance is now tolerable, rather than terrible....

"We expect beta software to have a few bugs, and Netscape 6.1 suffers its fair share. Still, a couple of the bugs surprised us because the infected features work just fine in Netscape 6....

"a few features from Netscape 4.x we missed in 6 are still absent....

"Still, we're cautiously optimistic about Netscape 6.1. Although our original positive review of Netscape 6 turned out to be dead wrong, we're eager to give IE's only major competitor a second chance. And this may be Netscape's last opportunity to get it right. If its share of the browser market gets much lower, we doubt even cash-rich AOL will want to keep funding new versions of the software. But based on the beta, we think Netscape may just pull it off."

Note that last paragraph says something which people have been flamed to hell and back for saying here. The rest of the review could be seen as "daming with faint praise" -- words like "tolerable" are not the words you want to see in a review.

So it would be more accurate to describe the review as one of guarded optimism with significant reservations, than to say as you do, "CNET seem to like it."