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.
#94 NS 7 PR 1 - the best browser ever released by NS
Thursday May 23rd, 2002 12:24 PM
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I downloaded and tried out Netscape 7.0 PR 1 - and boy, was I impressed.
Just the "polish" added to Netscape makes using it so much more fun. A beautiful start-up screen, great icons, and integrated AIM and ICQ. I am happy to be able to use ICQ without the (horribly unwieldly and ad cluttered) standard Windows version of ICQ (which I uninstalled some time ago and never reinstalled).
It also seems faster than Mozilla 1.0 RC 2, even though it is suposed to be based off of the "RC 2 branch".
I do miss ChatZilla a lot, though. I'll try installing it from the XPI on ChatZilla's author's site.
Everything about Netscape 7.0 PR 1 feels right: it is fast, it is beautiful, and all its parts are gorgeously integrated. It feels better than a "preview release". It is ready for prime time, in my opinion.
The only problem I did have was when I tried to use a profile I was using with Mozilla 1.0 RC 2 - which gave me a "Classic+Modern" Theme combination. I got around that problem by shutting down Netscape, restarting it, creating a new Profile, shutting it down again, copying over some files from my old Mozilla profile to the new Netscape Profile folder, and finally restarting Netscape. I think this happens because Netscape has modified Mozilla's "chrome" somewhat. Because I am familiar with Mozilla, this was not a big problem to overcome.
Overall, I've had a five star experience. Now comes the part where all of us come together to make sure that we and others have a six star experience for the upcoming 1.0, 1.1 and other future releases!
I am truly in awe. Netscape rules again. "All praise the company" as Jamie Zawinksi, once wrote - even though it is a different, (yet competent) one now.