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.

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by jgraham

Friday April 2nd, 2004 2:03 AM

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Yeah, but March is too late to decide that a milestone that is supposed to ship in April and has already been through much of its development cycle is supposed to be a stable for embeddors release. Hopefully it's not too late to decide that it's going to be a stable as in doesn't-crash release.

Since, I'm told (somewhere on this thread), that both Firefox and Camino had decided to go with a 1.7 based release in January, the decision could have been made with their input then. In any case the drivers should have decided earlier and been prepared to tell people what plans they had made, rather than just waiting on everyone else to make plans.