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.
#38 Re: Very negative impressions
Wednesday May 22nd, 2002 7:08 PM
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I wonder what reasons they're giving ? Is it dislike of the AOL "extras" that get lumbered in (or, indeed, the stuff that gets removed, like the option to stop pop-ups) or is it a look-and-feel issue ? Or are most of the same gripes aimed at Mozilla too ?
I have no problem with AOL releasing a Netscape that's aimed at Joe Public (it's one of *many* end-user spin-off browsers from Mozilla), although you could argue that if AOL includes Gecko in their next AOL software release, it further lessens the reason to have a Netscape browser (Mozilla and the AOL/Gecko browser covers both bases perfectly well).
My guess is that AOL wants to keep Netscape going as a "brand-enticer" - get non-AOL users using it and they might persaude some of them to switch to AOL because of the additional AOL features in Netscape compared to, well, pretty well any other browser bar AOL's own browser.
I know some people who use Linux who bizarrely refuse to use Mozilla and stick to the trusty Netscape brand (at least they're on the 6.X series now :-) And no, this is without an AOL connection before you ask) - some people will always be like that.
BTW, food for thought - with Mozilla/NS 7.X's XUL and other goodies, could an AOL client browser be written to *totally* replace the current AOL 7.0 browser ? I wonder if bods in AOL are doing exactly that - it would have an interesting side-effect: instant cross-platform code, so Mac OS, Windows, Linux and even commercial UNIXes (unlikely...) would all get the "same" AOL browser release at the same time.