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News: R.I.P. Netscape - AOL to discontinue support

  1. R.I.P. Netscape - AOL to discontinue support (7 messages)

    AOL has announced that it plans to discontinue support for the Netscape browser, purchased in 1999. This won't affect Mozilla - AOL is suggesting that Netscape users go ahead and use Firefox instead.
    AOL has a long history on the internet, being one of the first companies to really get people online. Throughout its lifetime, it has been involved with a number of high profile acquisitions, perhaps the largest of which was the 1999 acquisition of the Netscape Communications Corporation. Netscape was known to many as the thought leader in web browsing, and had developed a number of complementary pieces of software that allowed for a rich suite of internet tools. At the time of the acquisition, the Netscape team had begun working on converting their flagship product - the Netscape Communicator web suite - into open source software, under a new name: Mozilla. AOL played a significant role in the launch of the Netscape 6 browser, the first Mozilla-based, Netscape-branded browser that was released in 2000 and continued to solely fund the development and marketing efforts of Netscape-branded browsers. In 2003, an independent foundation was created to support the continued development of the open source web suite. AOL was a major source of support for the Mozilla Foundation and the company continued to develop versions of the Netscape browser based on the work of the foundation. 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.
    Many of us discovered the Internet running Netscape Navigator over Winsock; while Firefox has definitely taken the technological lead over Navigator, it's still sad to see the brand die off.

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  2. 1. expiration date 2. self-destruction
  3. Congrats to the AOL team! Well done! ;)
  4. I remember getting hold of my boxed copy of Netscape 1.0, and installing it and starting to surf the net. Accessing the development zone and learning all about DHTML , JavaScript and building some interesting applications. I remember seeing Microsoft fight back and cause Netscape pain, I remember visiting the main site in CA and demoing some customer demos built with Netscape 4.0 beta (the best release) and buying a T-shirt from the shop. I also watched as the product became bloated and didnt listen to customers and being purchased by AOL who realy didnt have a clue and was loosing market share. So all the best to Netscape I have some good memories, but they live in the same space as my dBase, Cardbox, Windows 3.0 , Wordperfect, OS/2 memories, I had great times using you all but the world has moved on. The reason I work in Software is that it never sits still and I love to see the next generation of software and wondering how long it will be around, I treat my skills as something I always need to continue to evolve as the world around me changes. So all the best and lets look forward to Firefox ( mostly Google constructed) evolving, but with Silverlight and Adobe running very fast it a shame that W3C has taken it eye of the ball off building standards that will be the foundation of the next generation of RIA solutions. The world of bloated standards based products may no longer be effective in a very changable Web 2.0 world. Cheers Matt Perrins IBM Software
  5. cheers[ Go to top ]

    A touching reply, a nice piece of writing to read first thing in the morning. Cheers.
  6. I remember getting hold of my boxed copy of Netscape 1.0, and installing it and starting to surf the net. Accessing the development zone and learning all about DHTML , JavaScript and building some interesting applications. I remember seeing Microsoft fight back and cause Netscape pain, I remember visiting the main site in CA and demoing some customer demos built with Netscape 4.0 beta (the best release) and buying a T-shirt from the shop. I also watched as the product became bloated and didnt listen to customers and being purchased by AOL who realy didnt have a clue and was loosing market share. So all the best to Netscape I have some good memories, but they live in the same space as my dBase, Cardbox, Windows 3.0 , Wordperfect, OS/2 memories, I had great times using you all but the world has moved on. The reason I work in Software is that it never sits still and I love to see the next generation of software and wondering how long it will be around, I treat my skills as something I always need to continue to evolve as the world around me changes. So all the best and lets look forward to Firefox ( mostly Google constructed) evolving, but with Silverlight and Adobe running very fast it a shame that W3C has taken it eye of the ball off building standards that will be the foundation of the next generation of RIA solutions. The world of bloated standards based products may no longer be effective in a very changable Web 2.0 world.

    Cheers

    Matt Perrins
    IBM Software
    If you haven't seen it already, I recommend a PBS Documentary called "Code Rush", it's several years old now, but is interesting ( I think) look into Netscape pre AOL I believe, near the Mozilla start time-frame.
  7. Mosaic and now Netscape...[ Go to top ]

    I remember the day Netscape introduced the support for tables.. I was so happy to be able to arrange data as I needed it... Farewell old buddy... I guess spirit lives on within Mozilla.!
  8. lol?[ Go to top ]

    Well I'm not sure what any of this has to do in any way with java dev, but whatever... Also I'm not sure what's funnier, the fact they felt they should announce discontinued support, or the way in which "AOL played a significant role in the launch of the Netscape 6 browser". Netscape 6 and on were failed products. Who would want their names tied with that disaster? What's worse is why do they need to announce this? No one is using Netscape. I think the same vision to make this annoucement is a perfect example of why it failed. They just don't get it. Yea I'm being harsh on purpose. Netscape could and should have been big, better, more. Instead other groups like Firefox and Opera had to provide some reasonable browsers to make our lives easier (normal). I couldn't imagine trying to use IE for everything. I'm sick of seeing good products run into the ground for no good reason. The list goes on. I agree it's sad the era is "offically" over, but it was sad when beta max, Amiga, NextStep, BeOS, MCA, Token Ring, and OS/2 died as well. Eventually it just kills your inner child. :)