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.

#30 Re: Re: How many Mozilla browsers do you need?

by treego

Wednesday March 31st, 2004 5:58 PM

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I was thinking only of Mozilla, Firefox, and Netscape. Those are the big-boys that I know of.....I tried Galeon about a half-year ago and thought it was woefully behind the others.

I think if the efforts could be more concentrated that might speed up the development of an end-product and also give better opportunity to produce a superior product with more resources/humans working towards the same goal.

But who am I? I'm just an end-user.....not a developer. :)