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.
#4 Re: Ok, so who made it?
Tuesday August 17th, 2004 9:56 AM
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There's a few options: 1) They could get some of their staff that used to work on Netscape but are now in a different division of AOL to work on it. 2) They may have paid the Mozilla Foundation to do this 3) They may have contracted another company to do it
It's probably not difficult, all that someone would have to do is to take Mozilla 1.7.2 and update the Netscape extensions (e.g. AIM and Netscape Mail support) to work with the new versions. As it's based on Seamonkey rather than Firefox most of the front end changes will not be that great.
Some clues: <http://weblogs.mozillazin…gerv/archives/006096.html> <http://www.mozdevgroup.com/> (see what's new down the right hand side)