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.

#4 Re: Re: Not that positive

by plwong

Monday July 7th, 2003 11:53 AM

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I can't really agree with your "Find as you type" statement. It's like saying "CD players have been around for a long time, just not as part of a car". "Find as you type" may not be an "innovation" anymore, but it's certainly an useful feature "new to a browser".

And it's not really "learning how to do things again". It's just another/better way to do things. Like "find as you type". After you learned about this (come on, remembering "/" is not hard), you will feel very annoying to use ctrl-f to find stuff.

Another example is keyword. After using keywords, you'll feel very annoying going through all those bookmarks or typing part of a link on the location bar waiting to see the link to appear in the "history part" of the location bar. Keyword is not really a "geek" function you know, people uses short form when writing english anyways. They can just use the same short forms for keywords.

You're right that some functions need to be very very good for hundreds of millions of users to "learn again". But when it's just a faster method to do something, people will just learn to use it.