Netscape 7.1 Released
Sunday June 29th, 2003
Netscape Communications Corporation today released its new Netscape 7.1 browser, which is based on Mozilla 1.4. This version — codenamed Buffy during development — offers several new features, including automatic image resizing, which shrinks large images to fit in the browser window, and Find As You Type, a tool that allows users to search for links or text on a webpage just by typing. Tweakers will appreciate the new editable about:config (try setting the boolean general.smoothScroll preference to true to get smooth scrolling) and Windows users can now log in to sites that use NTLM authentication. Bookmarks, tabbed browsing and popup blocking have all been improved and 7.1 should fit in better with your desktop's look-and-feel.
Mail & Newsgroups also has its share of enhancements with junk mail detection, message views, improved filtering capabilities (there's support for multiple actions, newsgroup filters and running filters after the fact) and Address Book Palm synchronisation. Composer hasn't been forgotten, with a 'breadcrumb bar' of HTML elements on the Status Bar and click-and-drag dynamic image and table resizing. In addition, there's improved support for Web standards (such as WSDL proxying), better performance and stability, and several thousand other bug fixes.
You can download Netscape 7.1 for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X (7.02 was the last Mac OS 8/9 version).
Update! The Netscape 7 Release Notes have been updated with information about the new version and Netscape DevEdge has a new section all about Netscape 7.1, with details about its improved support for Web standards.
#24 Surprise, Netscape/AOL doesn't do PR for browsers
Monday June 30th, 2003 1:03 PM
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"The Netscape site is not doing much to promote the advantages of this release, I can see any mention of the developer pack on the website, any mention of activex or anything like that."
Netscape doesn't do PR. Or should I say AOL doesn't care about Netscape? Really if they were even remotely interested in getting Netscape out there you'd see some real PR going on. Sadly unlike the barrage of AOL adverts, AOL doesn't push Netscape the slightest bit. I mean their biggest concern as of late was securing the use of IE for AOL for the next 5 years, not promoting Netscape 7.x over Internet Explorer.
I've said this several times now, but where the heck are the deals with oem computer makers? Where is marketing? Why hasn't AOL spent 1/100 of the amount they do hyping AOL? You can't expect to gain market share by sitting around on your bottom, and that's exactly the attitude Netscape/AOL has taken about this browser. I honestly don't even know what AOL is even getting out of the Netscape browser at this point, so maybe that's the real issue.
I'm grateful for Mozilla which Netscape graciously sponsored and paid people to work on, but its plain to anyone who has been following Netscape/Mozilla for the last several years that Netscape/AOL isn't serious about promoting Netscape over Internet Explorer.
For anyone still under the impression that Netscape has a future beyond the few corporate holdout who use it, get that thought out of your mind.
Netscape is dead, long live Mozilla.