Skip to comments.AOL Pulls Plug on Netscape Web Browser
Posted on 12/31/2007 12:17:16 PM PST by GATOR NAVY
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Unless you need the space on your hard drive, I’d just leave it alone, particularly until you see if there is anything you want to use it for. On my old P1 computer, I had IE, Netscape, Firefox, and Mozilla all available. They used to fight for who would be the default browser, but now I believe you can designate that and it stays put.
Buying Netscape was a strategic move. Everyone thought, back then, that there would be a few Internet providers, and AOL needed to own Netscape so it could compete with MSN, which owned IE. Of course, it didn't work out that way -- there are hundreds of access providers and dozens of browsers that can all get the job done.
Buying Time Warner was a smart move. AOL knew that the world of dial-up was shrinking. They knew their stock price was insanely inflated, and they wanted to get something of real value before the bubble burst.
So they went after Time Warner. Warner Brothers. Warner Records. Time/Life. HBO. CNN. Cartoon Network. Love 'em or hate 'em, they are tested, sturdy and reliable brands. AOL shareholders got a bargain spending fake money. It was the TW shareholders who got scammed.
My first browser was mosaic on a 386. My first picture download took hours. I finally got rid of the 36 this month. My wife was using it as a stand-alone non-web connected genealogy machine running DOS and an old but efficient genealogy program. It is still on a separate machine but it is all updated and unconnected to the web. Information is transferred by thumb drive after being checked for viruses and anything else unwanted.
It could have. But should it?
Browsers are a dime a dozen. Actually, that's a gross exaggeration. They're nothing a dozen. And as real standards take hold, everyone and his brother can write one. I use Safari, Firefox and Opera on Mac, IE, Opera and Firefox on Windows.
Why so many browsers? When I build a Web site, I want to see it in the ways 99% of visitors will see it. I try it from my cell phone, and I used to test them in a WebTV browser window. If I had a screen-reader for the blind, I'd try that too. For me, making sites accessible is a matter of principle.
There is no business case for maintaining a Web browser that can't compete. Navigator is to computing what Nash and Hudson were to automobiles. Good in their time, but obsolete now. The real world isn't a museum. It's time to remember them fondly, tip the cap, and move on.
Yopu can get a firefox extension for looking at IE only websites.
And if you told them, they wouldn't believe you. There is a whole generation today that cannot imagine a 9600-baud modem. When I got one, t was luxury. I was weaned on a 300.
And every day I walked to school in the snow. It was uphill both ways.
I have SeaMonkey and use it for particular sites where it is just easier and faster. Other sites work better with FF. Sites that work only with IE I ignored until I got the FF extension for that.
I was a Compuserve addict in the old days until AOL bought it and jazzed it all up with extra graphics. I have never appreciated the gratuitous graphics.
Steve Jobs is more evil! Crazy left wing control freak monopolist that wants to control what you put on your computer or phone.
I always found netscape annoying.
and now it’s gone. It was perhaps the largest blunder and waste of stockholder resources in the world of business history.
Sugar coating won’t help...... it was plain ol bad judgement.
After using IE since my first computer, I finally installed Firefox and love it. It does make my Hotmail harder to read but no big deal. My dad had Netscape and I never cared for it.
That's way over the top. Netscape didn't make a lot of money, but it didn't lose a lot, either. It moved the industry forward. Netscape took the World Wide Web from a hypertext system into a system to spread any medium imaginable -- sound, pictures, video, VRML, Flash animation, chat, audio chat, video chat, and when a genital interface comes (ahem) available, virtual sex.
Was Philo T. Fanrsworth a failure? He died broke and without renown. All he'd done was invent the television. The Wright Brothers didn't do much; all they did was invent the airplane. When was the last time you stepped on a Wright airplane? Or, for that matter, bought an Edison light bulb or a Bell telephone? A company isn't a failure because it fails to last forever.
A lot of folks made lot of money on Netscape. A lot of folks lost money on Netscape. Buying high and selling low is not a winning strategy in any market.
I've got Firefox v126.96.36.199 and it works just fine except that Drudge doesn't load properly. To read Drudge, I have to fire up IE. Does anyone know what's wrong? My OS is XP pro.
Looks like NCSA Mosiac, remember it well.
I used Netscape 1996-2002, IE 2002-2005, and Firefox 2005 to present.
I think it still has some minor problems with a few Java aplets.
Thanks! Checking it out now.
OK, I got Mozilla and managed, using your wonderful instructions, to move my bookmarks over there. Now how do I get rid of that hideous Google toolbar at the top. I have uninstalled it several times and it won’t go away. Thank you.
try add/remove programs in within the control panel.
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