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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.


#18 Re: Re: Switch to Firefox already!!!

by Racer

Tuesday March 30th, 2004 10:18 PM

You are replying to this message

> User: "Your website doesn't work in FireFox" > Webmaster: "FireWHAT???!" > User: "Er, um, Netscape 7.2. It just got released this year." > Webmaster: "Oh, really? I'll see what I can do."

Note, Netscape problems do not evoke nearly a panic as IE problems do, but at least there is some recognition. And, conveniently, if it works with Netscape 7.x, it will work with FireFox :)