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.

#28 Re: Thank God

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Wednesday March 31st, 2004 1:18 PM

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Conversation in AOL HQ:

Exec 1: Hey, about the decision we made to let the mozilla folks fare for themselves, dump the netscape browser, and drive the Netscape name into the dirt? Exec 2:Yeah? #1: Well, this "Kovu" guy says it's simply not acceptable. #2: STOP THE PRESSES! RE-HIRE THE UNEMPLOYED FORMER MOZ DEVS! DONATE THE NETSCAPE TRADEMARK TO THE MOZ FOUNDATION!