The end of an era as AOL officially retires Netscape

Wow… I’ve actually gotten used to using Netscape 9, which is a nice version of Firefox v2…
That is just too bad!
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via BetaNews.Com on 12/28/07

As we bid adieu to 2007 and prepare to enter the new year, AOL is also saying goodbye to memories: the company has finally killed off the Netscape Web browser – or what was left of it, anyway.

Netscape Navigator 9 Beta 1 released

The latest version of the venerable Netscape Navigator browser has been shoved kicking and screaming into beta, with a host of improvements that might make it worth a second look.

The list of upgrades to the browser — which introduced a great many of us to the World Wide Web for the very first time — includes:

  • Firefox 2 Extension CompatibilityLike Navigator but miss your Firefox extensions? Not anymore.
  • URL Correction – No more googlecom or downlodsquad, the browser handles auto-correction of common mistakes
  • News Menu and Sidebar – Integration with the Netscape.com social news site, including in-browser voting
  • Sidebar Mini-browser – The sidebar isn’t just for bookmarks anymore
For the full low-down on what’s up in Netscape Navigator 9 check out the What’s New document. Firefox extension compatibility could make Navigator a very strong alternative once again after many years of lagging behind the crowd.

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A peek at the new Netscape 9.0 – EXCLUSIVE

Netscape 9.0 teaserOkay, let’s work through some naming confusion for a second: These days Netscape is a pretty multi-faceted brand, but for the purposes of this post we’re talking about just two of those facets: Netscape.com, the web site recently reborn as a social news site, and Netscape Browser, the web browser that you download, install on your computer, and use to browse web sites… like Netscape.com. Got it? Okay, hold on tight.

Over at the official Netscape(.com) blog, developer Chris Finke has posted a teeny tiny teaser screenshot (above) of the upcoming Netscape (Browser) 9.0. Who cares about a new version of Netscape Browser anymore? Well, I do, but I may be a teensy bit (read: a lot) biased since I’m on Netscape.com’s payroll as a Navigator. But, just as the Netscape.com team has pumped some pretty novel features into the social news site, they seem to be taking a similar approach to Netscape 9.0. Here’s what Finke says about the new version: “Unlike Netscape 8, Netscape 9 will contain more standardized support for newsfeeds (a.k.a. Live Bookmarks); it will also have tight integration with the Netscape.com service, as evidenced by the icons for the two available Netscape.com extensions (Friends’ Activity Sidebar and the Sitemail Notifier). Several Netscape.com-based extensions will be built into the browser; only these two have been previously announced.”

If you already use Firefox and have installed the existing Netscape.com extensions, the above might not put you at the edge of your seat in anticipation, but Finke has promised new screenshots and progress reports every Tuesday until the browser’s release.

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