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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.


#25 what really matters: who's guilty...

by glazou <daniel@glazman.org>

Wednesday March 31st, 2004 11:10 AM

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Ok, I have direct and reliable information about this news report and it seems to be totally confirmed (just to mention it, no, it's not a 1st of april joke and even if I am in Europe, we're not the 1st of April yet here). So there is ONE IMPORTANT AND ONLY ONE hint we really miss about this: who's behind??? I mean who at AOL took that decision... Politically, inside AOL, this is tremendously important. Not anyone has the will and the power to go against David Gang. What's going on there? Is someone at AOL preparing the future away from the TimeWarner umbrella?