Netscape 7.0 Released
Wednesday August 28th, 2002
Netscape Communications Corporation today launched the final version of Netscape 7.0. This latest release is based on Mozilla 1.0.1, making it the first Netscape browser to be built upon post-1.0 code. The new version boasts several enhancements over the 0.9.4-based Netscape 6.2, including tabbed browsing, the ability to save complete web pages, print preview, site icons (Favicons), a download manager, full screen mode (Windows only), Quick Search within Mail & Newsgroups and Address Book, return receipts, mail labels, S/MIME mail encryption, CSS support in Composer and one-click web page publishing.
Netscape 7.0 also has several features not found in Mozilla. These include the ability to access Netscape Webmail and AOL accounts directly from within Mail & Newsgroups, a button to easily toggle the display of My Sidebar in Navigator and P3P support for automated cookie handling. Improved instant messaging features — including file transfers, Buddy Alerts and Buddy Icons — are provided by AOL Instant Messenger for Netscape and ICQ for Netscape. There's also a round throbber with a cool animation.
#51 Netscape almost has it
Thursday August 29th, 2002 8:58 PM
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Netscape has a great code base but they fail on their execution. First off they should stop mixing Real, and Winamp with their installer. Secondly they need to get rid of alot of those AOL ads. Third is fix the UI (a moz issue also, toolbar customization can't come soon enough). Then they'll have a product that can compete much better. It would also be nice to have the pop-up blocker. From Hyatt's blog it seems as though the engineers kinda know what their doing but the higher ups botch everything up with what they think is important.
It's certainly a step up from 6.x but they should take a long hard look at user complaints and start being competetive.
If AOL and Netscape really wanted to they could have a killer browser on their hands but they don't seem to care so oh well.