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.

#43 Re: Re: Re: Re: New stable branch?

by jgraham

Thursday April 1st, 2004 1:14 PM

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Announced where? I can't find anything on the obvious newsgroups and there doesn't seem to be any mention of the plans in the staff meeting minutes. I can't see any mention of it on the roadmap (in fact, the roadmap still points to 1.4 as 'replaceing 1.0 as the longlived branch). There was some discussion in November about when the next stable branch would be, but clearly no one knew at the time. Moreover, the 28th of January was after 1.6 branched.

However these plans were 'announced' it was clearly ineffecetive in informing the wider developer community, as evidenced by the fact that Boris didn't know. Maybe I haven't been paying attention, but until this thread, I had no idea that 1.7 was going to be the next long-lived branch. I expect that external embeddors are going to be pretty surprised too.