Netscape 7.2 Release Within the First Two Weeks of August

Friday July 30th, 2004

eWeek have obtained confirmation from AOL that Netscape 7.2 will be released in early August. AOL spokesperson Andrew Weinstein told eWeek that the new version will be available within the first two weeks of August. Previous speculation has centered around an August 3rd release but Weinstein says that this date is just the deadline for placing early CD orders. He also confirmed that Netscape 7.2 will be based on Mozilla 1.7 with "not a lot of additive features". However, eWeek mentions the possible inclusion of the Netscape Toolbar, which is currently only available for Internet Explorer. A screenshot from former Netscape employee Pascal Chevrel seems to confirm this.

Correction: Pascal Chevrel was never employed by Netscape. Oops.

#1 eh

by glazou

Friday July 30th, 2004 10:29 AM

Pascal's going to be flattered by this article, but he never was a Netscape employee AFAIK :-)

#2 Re: eh

by AlexBishop

Friday July 30th, 2004 10:40 AM

"Pascal's going to be flattered by this article, but he never was a Netscape employee AFAIK :-)"

You're right. I was thinking of someone else. I remember now. Just you, Tristan and the other guy.


#3 Re: Re: eh

by corwin

Friday July 30th, 2004 12:15 PM

What a laugh !!

That was not me :) You were probably thinking of Mat

#12 eh

by glazou

Saturday July 31st, 2004 2:51 AM

"the other guy" = peterv = Peter Van der Beken

#4 Let me express...

by robdogg

Friday July 30th, 2004 4:51 PM

...a collective yawn.

The train has sailed. No one cares.

#5 Re: Let me express...

by ChrisI

Friday July 30th, 2004 5:41 PM

I care.

#6 I'll 2nd that.

by DP3_001

Friday July 30th, 2004 6:04 PM


#7 Re: Let me express...

by Smigit

Friday July 30th, 2004 6:57 PM

To alot of people the netscape name means a hell of alot more than the mozilla name. I'd say mozilla is definetly the better product in my oppinion, but there are those that like the extra additions and then there are those that have no idea what Mozilla is.

#8 Re: Let me express...

by Racer

Friday July 30th, 2004 8:17 PM

I care too. Every time NS gets released, I can continue politely notifying webmasters that their site doesn't work in the latest version of Netscape, which was just released. Netscape at least still carries a bit of weight, compared to Mozilla which carries almost none. Note, this is changing fast in FireFox's favor, but will still be true for a while.

#14 Re: Re: Let me express...

by robdogg

Saturday July 31st, 2004 1:10 PM

I got news for you. Netscape carries no weight. In fact, NS 4.8 probably carries more weight with the webmasters than the latest version of netscape.

#16 Re: Re: Re: Let me express...

by doron

Sunday August 1st, 2004 10:02 AM

And yet Netscape 7.0 had roughly 30 million downloads...

And yet most Gecko-compatible sites list Netscape 7...

#9 Netscape 7.2 - Mozilla 1.7.1

by clubtender

Friday July 30th, 2004 10:11 PM

I just hope that Netscape 7.2 doesn't pick up the bug that is in Mozilla 1.7.1 that makes the user continiously go into preferences and activate and reactivate the tabbed browsing.

#10 netscape and firefox

by ratman

Friday July 30th, 2004 11:50 PM

i sincerely hope that this new netscape launch will not end up overshadowing the firefox 1.0 launch or end up confusing end-users and distracting them away from the better product. i think the netscape brand name was fatally tarnished by the flaws and delay with the 6.0 release, and many people will lump firefox with netscape and ignore the whole lot.

not to mention, it irks me that aol is managing to cash in on mozilla and netscape after all but dumping the whole thing.

#11 Re: netscape and firefox

by tinus

Saturday July 31st, 2004 1:50 AM

They paid millions to create the mozilla foundation. Give them some credit.

Netscape still is a strong brand and the netscape browser is an important asset if you want the gecko-based browsers to succeed.

#17 Re: netscape and firefox

by JuanGonzalez

Sunday August 1st, 2004 11:45 AM

I've seen many times in the past a small Nescape advertisement on the first screen of CNN, US edition: , and it is still there now, of course. I'm wondering if it's a permanent Netscape ad on CNN (a Time Warner company, you know).

#18 Re: netscape and firefox

by JuanGonzalez

Sunday August 1st, 2004 11:57 AM

I think that's fine. Many Mozilla users, like me, were Netscape users previously: Nescape was the door to Mozilla for us. I have good memories of Nescape, but I'm happy with Mozilla now. ;-)

#13 Re: netscape and firefox

by dorsan

Saturday July 31st, 2004 6:47 AM

Have to go with the earlier reply, Netscape is important.

Just wait until 7.2 is released, it will be a slow day for netscape servers as copy after copy gets downloaded. Netscape still has the perception of being the product and Mozilla the geeks development browser or just plain not known at all, certainly at an enterprise level. It will be far easier for me to get Netscape 7.2 on everyone's desktop in work than Mozilla. Admittedly I am installing Mozilla 1.7.1 but I'm not yet able to remove access to IE. My plan is Firefox 1.0 will be enough to get the company there, every user who get's hit with a virus or spyware will be told to switch.

#15 Re: netscape and firefox

by guygrolimond

Saturday July 31st, 2004 1:59 PM

While waiting for Netscape 7.2 I've been using firefox for the last month or so. Firefox is great but if NS 7.2 is at least as stable as 7.1 I'll happily go back to that to handle the majority of my mail and browsing needs.