Next Version of Netscape to be Based on Mozilla 1.4

Wednesday May 14th, 2003

T_Moz wrote in to tell us that the next Netscape browser release will be based on a branch of Mozilla 1.4. The news was confirmed by Netscape DevEdge in a story announcing the availability of Mozilla 1.4 Beta. Netscape's decision to base their next version on 1.4 has been widely anticipated, particularly since the new Mozilla Development Roadmap was unveiled last month.

#44 Re: Version Number?

by jonadab <>

Wednesday June 18th, 2003 9:30 AM

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Yeah. The way I figure it, Firebird won't be up (feature-wise) to the standard of Navigator until circa 1.7. Maybe 1.6 if we're lucky -- but for it to be worthy as the base of a new major release, it will also need a couple of significant new features. The customizeable toolbars can be one, but something else is needed. So Firebird can be ready around 1.8 or 1.9 timeframe. At 4 releases per quarter, that's... at least a year.

Then there's Thunderbird, which currently is nothing like usable. It's a year behind Firebird -- and that's if you give Messenger credit for being up to the same standard as Navigator, which it isn't. I predict that when Firebird is ready for a new release they'll do a new release, and mail/news will just suck until (at least) the next major version after.

Then there's calendar. It's unfortunate to see that in limbo.