Netscape 7.0 Preview Release 1

Wednesday May 22nd, 2002

Netscape today unveiled Netscape 7.0 Preview Release 1, the first beta of its successor to Netscape 6. The preview is based on the recent Mozilla 1.0 RC2 build and features most of the enhancements that have been added to Mozilla since Netscape 6.2 was released, including tabbed browsing, print preview, the ability to save complete web pages, email return receipts, message labels and S/MIME support.

Netscape's proprietary components have also been improved. An enhanced Instant Messenger now supports file transfers, buddy icons and communication with ICQ users (though you cannot be signed on to both AIM and ICQ at the same time). Also new is Radio@Netscape, a streaming audio service powered by Spinner.

Netscape 7.0 Preview Release 1 is available from Netscape's web site or FTP server. Marketing spiel can be found at the Netscape 7.0 Info Center.

#138 Re: Hmm.

by jonadab <>

Wednesday May 29th, 2002 11:14 AM

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> Edit > Preferences > Advanced > Scripts and Windows > uncheck Open a Link in a New Windows

That's not the same. If you disable that one, javascript links won't work either. The pref the other user was talking about was an in-between setting that would allow javascript to open new windows normally, but not during certain kinds of events, such as load and unload. This has the effect of blocking most unwanted popup windows without breaking most wanted ones. However, there are some ostensibly legitimate windows that don't open if you turn it on, as the other poster indicates. Personally I think that's an acceptable tradeoff, but apparently Netscape does not agree. Anyway, the pref still works; only the UI is missing.

This explains why popup blocking was not touted as a major feature of this release. I saw the hype on the Netscape site, and it mentions tabbed browsing (as well it should -- that's an even bigger feature), but it says nothing about blocking popup ads. Guess they're waiting to introduce that to the general public later, after it has some time to become perfected. Or maybe they just wanted to save a killer feature for next release. Or perhaps like someone speculated they fear advertiser retribution.