Netscape 7.2 Released

Tuesday August 17th, 2004

America Online has just released Netscape 7.2. Based on Mozilla 1.7, this latest version features better popup blocking, vCard support, an improved junk mail algorithm, better standards support, performance enhancements and several hundred other bug fixes. It also includes patches for recent security vulnerabilities.

It is a little over a year since AOL shut down the Netscape browser division, laid off or reassigned the remaining engineers and withdrew from the day to day running of At the time, they said that new versions of Netscape were unlikely. Earlier this year, they changed their minds and announced Netscape 7.2.

More details about Netscape 7.2 are available at Netscape Browser Central, together with download links. The Netscape 7 Release Notes have been updated.

Update: As previously speculated, the Windows version of Netscape 7.2 features a version of the Netscape Toolbar created by the Mozdev Group. The uninstallable toolbar contains a Netscape Search box (you can still search from the Location Bar but the Search button is disabled by default), links to various sections of the Netscape Network and buttons to easily toggle popup blocking, access the Form Manager feature and clear the browser history. AOL is marketing this release heavily: visitors to are redirected to a roadblock page pushing 7.2 and the regular Netscape homepage has a large advert for the latest release.

#12 They messed up the internet search

by mjake

Tuesday August 17th, 2004 12:09 PM

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The only search engine allowed with 7.2 is Netscape, unlike 7.1 which allowed google. That stinks. Hopefully someone will find a way to fix that by editing a *.js file, and let the rest of us know.

Also, there is still no XFT font support on linux, fonts on linux are just like they were with 7.1. *SIGH*

Mozilla looks sooo good with the anti-aliased bitstream vera sans fonts on linux, at least Netscape has the adobe fonts as a consolation prize.

I know there were security, speed and standards compliance improvements under the covers, but I was hoping for at least better font support for linux. Oh, well, I guess I shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth. I am happy that 7.1 wasn't the end of the line for Netscape.