Mozilla 1.4 and Netscape 7.1 News and Reviews

Sunday July 6th, 2003

It's almost a week since the double release of Mozilla 1.4 and Netscape 7.1. The new Netscape version came out first and it was reported on by Slashdot, and Macworld UK. Mozilla 1.4 followed shortly after, leading to articles at Slashdot (again),, (again), FootNotes and the Temple of the Screaming Penguin. As the two browsers came out on the same day, several sites — including ZDNet News, Techweb, The Mac Observer and OSNews — produced single reports for both releases. Meanwhile, CNET and Ars Technica tied their stories in with Marc Andreessen's recent comments that browser innovation is dead.

In the reviews department, eWeek examined Mozilla 1.4 (with some comments on the new Netscape version) and The Inquirer took a look at Netscape 7.1.

Finally, for those who think that Mozilla 1.4 doesn't offer any real improvements, Asa Dotzler has a changelog. Thanks to everyone who sent us links to articles.

#2 Not that positive

by dave532

Monday July 7th, 2003 4:57 AM

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It seems a shame that what's probably the best release so far of Netscape and the Mozilla app-suite doesn't seem to be getting very good reviews. Both Netscape and Mozilla are now miles ahead of IE and offer a range of useful features (plus tons of useless ones) which make them both good choices for people to consider.

Hopefully the good reviews will start coming as soon as Firebird and Thunderbird reach maturity, however I think the press will think of something else to whine about.

Marc Andressens comments were totally braindead too, I'd say there's been more innovation in the browser area recently with products like Mozilla, Opera and all those browsers that are really just better front ends for IE. There's been a lot of new concepts in naviagtion including tabbed browsing, typeahead find, and gestures.

I'd say that there's a lot more innovation now than in the early days where a browser was just a means to display pictures and text in a window, with a back and forward button.

I do agree in the next few years we'll have reached what we can do with a desktop browser but there's still a little further to go.