AOL: Netscapes Not Dead Yet
America Online plans to bring back a refreshed Netscape browser based on Mozilla Firefox, which will incorporate an enhanced user interface and new features, the company told BetaNews.Despite media reports and industry pundits over the years relegating Netscape to Internet history books, AOL has restarted the browsers development. The company plans to bring back a refreshed Netscape browser based on the Mozilla Foundations Firefox, which will incorporate an enhanced user interface and several new features. A prototype of the new Netscape will debut on November 30 to a limited number of beta testers, AOL told BetaNews. eWEEK Labs gives the thumbs up to the new Firefox browser in Firefox 1.0 Lives Up to Hype.
Netscape was last updated in August to Version 7.2, which brought the browser up to date with Mozilla 1.7. But for the most part, Netscape has received little attention from AOL since the release of Version 7.0 in August 2002. The browsers market share has dropped to single digits as Microsoft Corp.s Internet Explorer has reigned supreme.
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