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.
I just installed Netscape 7, and it seems to be pretty broken for me:
- Netscape won't load anything that is embedded into the webpage, such as stylesheets, images, etc.
- I am using the Classic Theme, and on my buddy list tab are buttons that look like they're from Modern.
Apart from that, I'm also horrified by the number of buttons preinstalled on my *Personal* Toolbar:
- IM (The icon of which is missing)
- [My] Netscape
- Net2Phone (Which I unchecked in the installation process)
And the first time I installed it, I installed it w/o uninstalling Mozilla. Every time it loaded, I got a blank window. Argh!
(I'm using Netscape 7, Classic Skin, M$ Windows 98 SE)