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AOL to End Support for Netscape Browser
PC World ^ | 12/28/2007 | Stephen Lawson

Posted on 12/28/2007 6:05:29 PM PST by abt87

An historic name in software will effectively pass into history in February as AOL discontinues development and active support for the Netscape browser, according to an official blog.

AOL will keep delivering security patches for the current version of Netscape until Feb. 1, 2008, after which it will no longer provide active support for any version of the software, according to a Friday entry on The Netscape Blog by Tom Drapeau, lead developer for Netscape.com. The Netscape.com Web site will remain as a general-purpose portal.

Netscape was the original mass-market Web browser and helped to popularize the Internet in the mid-1990s, but it has long taken a back seat to Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Firefox itself traces its roots back to Netscape software that was made into open source. The Mozilla Foundation was founded in 2003, with support from AOL, and has released successive versions of Firefox while AOL continued to develop Netscape on top of the same platform, Drapeau wrote.

Groups within AOL have tried and failed to revive Netscape Navigator and gain market share against Internet Explorer, according to the blog entry.

(Excerpt) Read more at pcworld.com ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: aol; firefox; mozilla; netscape

1 posted on 12/28/2007 6:05:31 PM PST by abt87
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To: abt87

Whats netscape?


2 posted on 12/28/2007 6:06:45 PM PST by icwhatudo (The rino borg...is resistance futile?)
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To: abt87

En zo, Willis Gatesmanau winz!


3 posted on 12/28/2007 6:10:43 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: abt87

I used Netscape Navigator 3.01 for my sole email program up until this January, Jan 2007.

It was so clean. You could run it on multiple machines and share the same email folders.

Now using Thunderbird for email with a Linux based IMAP server.


4 posted on 12/28/2007 6:10:59 PM PST by George from New England
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To: abt87

remember Magellan?
Anyone?


5 posted on 12/28/2007 6:55:04 PM PST by Chickensoup (If it is not permitted, it is prohibited. Only the government can permit....)
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To: abt87

What about The Mining Company?


6 posted on 12/28/2007 6:55:28 PM PST by Chickensoup (If it is not permitted, it is prohibited. Only the government can permit....)
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To: icwhatudo

What’s AOL?


7 posted on 12/28/2007 6:57:10 PM PST by Nachoman (My guns and my ammo, they comfort me.)
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To: ShadowAce

ping


8 posted on 12/28/2007 8:04:08 PM PST by JoJo Gunn (Help control the Leftist population. Have them spayed or neutered. )
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To: abt87; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; JosephW; ...

9 posted on 12/29/2007 8:01:48 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Chickensoup
remember Magellan?

The GPS system popular in the Gulf War?

10 posted on 12/29/2007 8:05:01 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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