Netscape Browser 8.0 Beta Goes Live
America Online's Netscape team has released the first beta of the revived Netscape Web browser which is based upon Firefox.America Onlines Netscape team has opened its doors to the public, releasing the first beta of the revived Netscape Web browser. Based upon Firefox, Netscape version 8 focuses on security and user privacy, and supports rendering with both Mozillas Gecko and Microsofts Internet Explorer browser engines. As reported by BetaNews, AOL originally planned for a February beta, but pushed back the release to March citing the need for more time. The company has been polishing the numerous changes and enhancements that were added since the prototype of Netscape 8 last November. One Netscape developer told BetaNews, "The prototype and beta are completely different applications, practically."
In January, a minor update to Netscape brought the browsers code base up to Firefox 1.0. AOL did not have time to incorporate Firefoxs recent 1.0.1 changes into the beta release, and acknowledges, "The deficiencies noted in Firefox 1.0 are inherited in Netscape 8 Beta in most cases."