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Netscape is Officially Dead

Netscape On December 28, 2007, Netscape developers announced that AOL would discontinue their web browser on February 1, 2008, due to low market share.

Netscape development director, Tom Drapeau, wrote: "AOL's focus on transitioning to an ad-supported Web business leaves little room for the size of investment needed to get the Netscape browser to a point many of its fans expect it to be."
AOL acquired Netscape in a $4.2 billion deal in 1998. In 2003 the Mozilla Foundation separated from Netscape and AOL with its former parent providing a $2 million dollar parting gift.

Netscape had been based on Mozilla code since Netscape version 6.
The Netscape Problem

Netscape's 4.x series of browsers had a poor support for CSS and no support for XML.

It took Netscape nearly three and a half years after the release of 4.0, to produce its next generation browser. This delay has clearly hurt Netscape's possibilities to dominate the browser market.

Our browser statistics are showing that Netscape is losing the browser war.
Netscape Navigator 9

Netscape Navigator 9 was released in October 2007. It is based on Mozilla Firefox 2.

New features in Netscape 9:

* Firefox Features - full support for all Firefox add-ons and plugins
* URL Correction - automatically correct common typos in URLs
* Link Pad - A sidebar feature allowing you to save URLs without cluttering your bookmarks
* Sidebar Mini Browser - Bookmarks and links can be opened in the sidebar
* Resizeable Textarea - Drag the bottom-right corners of text fields in forms to add more typing space
* Tab History - Opening a link in a new tab will give the new tab the same history as the source tab
* OPML Support - import and export your bookmarks in OPML format
* Combined Stop/Reload button

Netscape 8

Netscape 8.1.2 was released in September 2006. It is based on Mozilla Firefox.

Netscape 8 allows you to adjust the security level (Java, JavaScript, cookies settings), and also allows you to switch to use Internet Explorer's engine to render pages when necessary.

New features in Netscape 8:

* Site Controls (dual rendering engine)
* Multi-Bar (dynamic toolbar)
* Form fill/passcard
* Live Content
* Improved tabbed browsing
* Adware & Spyware protection
* Dynamic Security Center

Older Netscape Versions

Netscape 7 (released in 2002). Based on Mozilla 1.0.1. and fine-tune of Netscape 6.

Netscape 6 (released in 2000). Based on Mozilla. Support for CSS and XML.

Netscape 5.0 - Netscape skipped the version number 5.

Netscape Communicator 4.0 (released in 1997) Too old. Don't use it.

Netscape Navigator 3.0 (released in 1996). Too old. Don't use it.

Netscape Navigator 2.0 (released in 1996). Too old. Don't use it.

Netscape 1.0 (released in 1994). Too old. Don't use it.

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