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.

#21 Re: SeaMonkey

by thelem

Wednesday March 31st, 2004 3:40 AM

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An that is a problem why?

IMO it would be a bad idea for AOL/Netscape to release a version of Firefox & Thunderbird under the Netscape name, simply because it is not what people are expecting. Even more so for a point release. AOL saw they had an chance to update the technology in Netscape without causing too much distruption so took it.