Sunday, December 30, 2007

Netscape is dead!

Can anybody believe this? I sure couldn't when I read that on operawatch but it's true, Netscape is dead and they are saying mainly 2 things:

Support with security patches etc will stay till February 2008 and they also point out that Netscape is nothing else than a firefox with netscape skin.

If you think of the suite Netscape was then you most likely would wish to take a look at SeaMonkey which continues where the Mozilla Suite/Netscape stopped.

The Netscape crew wrote:

"While internal groups within AOL have invested a great deal of time and energy in attempting to revive Netscape Navigator, these efforts have not been successful in gaining market share from Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Recently, support for the Netscape browser has been limited to a handful of engineers tasked with creating a skinned version of Firefox with a few extensions.

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. Given AOL's current business focus and the success the Mozilla Foundation has had in developing critically-acclaimed products, we feel it's the right time to end development of Netscape branded browsers, hand the reins fully to Mozilla and encourage Netscape users to adopt Firefox."

Good thing is that they are honestly explain everything and suggest users to move to Firefox instead (I hope some of them will move to Opera instead ;) ).

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