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.

#48 Re: NS7??

by SubtleRebel <>

Wednesday May 22nd, 2002 10:06 PM

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Netscape 5 was not really skipped. If you want it, you can still get it. It is based on the old Netscape 4.x codebase and it has lots of issues. Because of these issues, it was decided to dump it and essentially start over with a new codebase which eventually became Netscape 6.

Do you complain about the naming of Heinz 57 sauce because you never tasted the first 56 versions?

Just because you never used Netscape 5 does not mean it did not exist. So please stop saying it was skipped.

What number do you think Netscape should assign this release? Do you not agree that all the new features justify a full step up from Netscape 6?

Out of curiousity, do you think that Microsoft has numbered their IE releases appropriately? Does IE 6.0 deserve to be a full number higher than IE 5? What features and enhancements justify that change?