Netscape 7.0 News and Reviews

Thursday May 23rd, 2002

Netscape 7.0 Preview Release 1 has received quite a lot of news coverage in the last twenty-four hours. CNET kicks things off with a short article while ZDNet has the same story with reader comments. Reuters says that the beta has more features aimed at mainstream consumers while claims that Netscape is going for the corporate market. InfoWorld feels the need to mention Star Wars and Slashdot also has an article.

Early reviews are looking good. CNET's Rex Baldazo gives the beta 7 out of 10 but he still hasn't read the Release Notes. brings us more Star Wars analogies and eWEEK thinks that the final version will be "an excellent upgrade." ZDNet AnchorDesk executive editor David Coursey spends an entire column saying how great Netscape 7.0 is before declaring that it's not worth upgrading. His accompanying radio show features comments from Netscape's Sol Goldfarb and Rex "Release Notes" Baldazo.

UPDATE! Also check out this piece from and some commentary from Guardian Unlimited, the online edition of the UK's The Guardian newspaper.

ANOTHER UPDATE! The Register also has a story. The second and third paragraphs sound kind of familiar.

Thanks to everyone who sent us links to news and reviews.

#24 Not necessarily

by baffoni

Sunday May 26th, 2002 3:28 PM

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Remember, it is all a numbers game. Right now, every browsing AOL user shows up as an IE user. If the gecko version is associated with Netscape (rightly or wrongly), then it will change the numbers of reported Netsape users. Heck, they may change the string to actually PUT netscape in it, just to (to some, artificially) inflate those numbers just to make sure enough developers are designing to it. Or it could branch off as it's own sub-group (Mozilla, Netscape, AOL, etc.) of gecko browsers, depending on how the stat sites detect and interpret it.