Netscape 7.01 Released with Pop-up Blocker
Tuesday December 10th, 2002
Netscape has updated its flagship browser to version 7.01. This latest release is based on Mozilla 1.0.2 and combines several bug fixes with a couple of new features. The most notable of these is a sophisticated pop-up blocker (accessible from Edit > Preferences > Privacy & Security > Popup Window Controls). Also new in this release is an option to set a group of tabs as your home page.
#50 Not liability but support
Wednesday December 11th, 2002 4:33 AM
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I think you're all looking at this from the wrong angle. The attraction to big companies of having a known, real company behind the product (whether Sun behind StarOffice, or AOL/Netscape behind Netscape) is not that they've got someone to sue when it all goes wrong, but when there are problems they can go to a real company and demand a fix.
I work in the IT department for a large corporation and I know for a fact that when we standardise on a particular software package to do a certain job, then we will always prefer the one that has full maintenance agreements, large knowledgebases full of problem fixes, and dedicated support people on the end of a phone line. Microsoft can supply all of this to us, so a lot of the time given two similar products we'll choose the MS one.
An purely open source product can't offer this, there is no dedicated phone support, and although there may be a large community of knowledgeable, helpful people, they have no obligation to find a fix to MY problem. A large company can talk to MS, or Sun, or Netscape and state what problem they're having and they will bend over backwards to help you. That is what sells this kind of thing to a board of directors, and that is why large companies will choose Netscape over Mozilla.