SilentDownload Page Now Online

Thursday January 14th, 1999

Doug Turner of Netscape has a note for us on new background transfer functionality being developed for Mozilla.

Doug writes, "SilentDownload is a background transfer method that allows files to be downloaded to the users machine without interfering with their network performance. SilentDownload does this by only downloading while the network library is not busy. In this way, users can 'silently download' large files over a period of time and be notified when the file transfer is complete."

Read more about SilentDownload at its page on

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by SpeedyT

Monday January 18th, 1999 7:27 AM

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I don't think that this is going to make much of a splash on the Web, because I don't think that that is where it is intended to be used. It may be part of open-source Mozilla, but my guess is that it's primary target is application delivery via corporate intranets, and NS may also plan for it to evolve into a friendlier replacement for "Please wait while we download new art to your machine...." It's more of a branded Netscape item, rather than a general browsing feature.