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.

#40 Not sure if the name still holds that power...

by leafdigital

Wednesday August 18th, 2004 4:31 AM

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I have no desire to try Netscape either; I do use Seamonkey and think it's great. Why bother changing to something (slightly) proprietary?

As for tech evangelism - possibly, but It's getting rarer for anyone to care about supporting Netscape any more; those who have a clue care about Gecko as a whole, while those who don't will tell you 'nobody uses Netscape any more'. (And they're right, to within a few percentage points anyhow - Mozilla's browsers are significantly more popular than the Netscape-branded ones, at least on my sites.)

I think this release is a good thing though - people who are already using Netscape 7.x ought to have an easy upgrade path to pick up improvements, security fixes etc. In fact I know one such. So, well done AOL, thanks, good news for those people, not of too much use for the rest of us.