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 mozilla.org. At the time, they said that new versions of Netscape were unlikely. Earlier this year, they changed their minds and announced Netscape 7.2.
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 Netscape.com are redirected to a roadblock page pushing 7.2 and the regular Netscape homepage has a large advert for the latest release.
#38 Waited and Waited for a new Netscape
Wednesday August 18th, 2004 2:23 AM
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I waited for a long time for a new Netscape between the communicator series (very good in the end) and new 6.0 came out it had some cool stuff but was slow as hell. Think about it's years ago now and PC's where alot slower, it crawled. Anyway I again looked out for a newer, better Netscape and eventually got fed up and found Mozilla back in the 0.X days. I liked that you could always get the new feature as and when it's been coded. But still I didn't really like the weight of the suite.
Then along came Phoenix 0.1, it was everything that the next gen broswers should be. I've followed it ever since to it's current FireFox 0.9.3. If Netscape packaged Firefox as Netscape 8.0 then Netscape would be a serious contender again but although I have Netscape 7.2 installed I don't think it will be seeing much action on my PC. It was all a big anti-climax in the end.