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.

Netscape 7.01 is available as a free download or on CD-ROM. More details can be found at Netscape Browser Central or in the updated Release Notes.

#6 burning money

by jilles

Tuesday December 10th, 2002 12:14 PM

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The only problem with this is that browsers are end user products. I have never heard about end users looking for commercial support for their browser. So this only matters to companies who bundle gecko or gecko derivatives with their product. However, typically these companies will bundle their own custom versions which are not supported by netscape.

So that leaves the question what the businessmodel behind Netscape is? I mean, other than AOL throwing some money at it I can't think of a single other significant source of revenue. Of course you could argue that AOL wants to have a browser alternative on other platforms than windows and that that justifies the investment for them. But does that justify funding an organization as large as Netscape or would it be more cost effective to license something like Opera?

I'm a Mozilla user and I love the product but I never understood the economics behind it. IMHO AOL is just one of the remaining .com dinosaurs that has not yet fully realized .com has flopped. Essentially the way AOL is treating mozilla is like burning money. Netscape has quite a bit of employees who work fulltime on creating a product that so far is barely used by AOL. Thank you AOL, I like Mozilla but why??. Microsoft, another company with too much money (arguably because they rip off their customers), has the same problem that many of their activities are not profitable and are also not likely to become profitable in the near future.