CNet On Communicator 5.0 Delay

Wednesday October 6th, 1999

A number of people sent in links to this news of Communicator 5.0's "delay" at CNet.

According to CNet's Paul Festa, who seems unable or unwilling to write a positive Netscape piece, "Netscape is far behind its main browser competitor, Microsoft, in two areas where it once led: technology and market share. Although it commanded about 80 percent of the desktop browser market just a few years ago, Netscape is now down to a minority position." Paul goes on to cite anonymous sources who provided him with information on XUL and a new email/IM hybrid scheme.

#24 CNet On Communicator 5.0 Delay

by Kovu <>

Thursday October 7th, 1999 4:06 PM

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Aren't the M dates for feature freeze? I.e., 11 days ago they stopped adding to M11 and started fixing it and once it's fixed, it comes out. At least that was my impression. Anyway, they're saying beta in December now, and that's about a month or two back from what it was, and the original beta schedule was in summer. Still, this browser will be well worth the wait for the compliance, flash panel, and XUL interfaces alone. IE will look utterly featureless compared to Navigator.