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.

#52 4.0 was not good even by comparison

by smkatz

Sunday August 22nd, 2004 11:56 PM

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4.0 was not good. Pages would come up blank, or the error would be returned that "Document contains no data" when it did.

Pages would be screwed up. Netscape 6 was very compliant, although slow to start up. This was my experience.

Netscape 3 was a great product, but that generation (which changed little) died when the web stopped caring about its vision, because IE did the simple stuff better. Netscape 3's built-in audio player was unparalleled.

I loved Netscape.