AOL to Release New Netscape Update in Early Summer

Tuesday March 30th, 2004

The Inquirer is reporting that America Online is to release a new version of the Netscape browser. The upgrade will be a "'point' release based on the latest Mozilla code" and "will be made available in the very early summer timeframe." Speculation that an update was in the works began last week, when the San Francisco Bay Area's Mercury News paraphrased an AOL spokeswoman as saying that "there will be future versions of Netscape that are essentially repackaged upgrades of Mozilla."

The confirmation that a new Netscape release is on the way does not indicate that AOL is planning to provide any further development or financial support to the Mozilla project. Indeed, no AOL employees are paid to work on Mozilla and we can expect this latest version to be even more similar to Mozilla than previous releases. The more intriguing question is what made AOL change its mind about shelving the veteran browser.

#10 Navigator tightly tied to Seamonkey

by paugq

Tuesday March 30th, 2004 4:17 PM

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Netscape announced it was to abandon Netscape Navigator after the Mozilla Foundation announced it would abandon the Mozilla Suite ("Seamonkey").

Some weeks ago, the Mozilla Foundation changed its agenda: Mozilla Suite would continue to exist. Now, Netscape says it will relase another Netscape Navigator.

Does anyone still doubt Nestscape's Navigator future is tightly tied to Mozilla Seamonkey?