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.

#42 Re: Waited and Waited for a new Netscape

by schapel

Wednesday August 18th, 2004 8:08 AM

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> If Netscape packaged Firefox as Netscape 8.0...

I'd like to see Firefox, Thunderbird, and Sunbird bundled together in a Netscape 8.x distribution. With the option to install the complete package, or only parts of the package, it could allow users install as much or as little as they need. They should wait until the next stable branch next year to allow those products to mature enough so that it would be better than Netscape 7.2 in every way and also be an adequate replacement for IE and Outlook. If Netscape did that, they might be in a position to grab a significant share of the browser market again.