AOL: Cross-Platform Netscape 9 to be Developed In-House

The official Netscape Blog has announced that Netscape 9 is under development, and just like the current version, it will presumably be based on Mozilla Firefox. According to the announcement, Netscape 9 will be a standalone browser and will have extension integration with the Netscape.com website (Digg clone). Unlike version 8, Netscape 9 will be available simultaneously for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X in the "next month or two". The Netscape 9 announcement includes a small screenshot (the menu bar indicates that it's based on Firefox 2) and states that the browser will borrow Firefox implementations such as Live Bookmarks, Netscape Friends' Activity Sidebar and the Netscape Sitemail Notifier.

Netscape once again employs its own programming staff (development of Netscape Browser 8 was outsourced to Mercurial Communications) and the company is also considering resuming support for features like Netscape Mail and Netscape Composer. New information about Netscape 9 will be released every Tuesday; the first such update was the announcement that the browser will be cross-platform, coupled with a screenshot of a stylish new FTP view. Will AOL's steps be enough to halt Netscape's continuous browser market share decline (from its original 80% in the mid-Nineties)?

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What? You mean to tell me Netscape's still around? I don't even remember when was the last time I used that thing, LOL! Thank goodness for Firefox and Safari!

WOW, a web browser with an FTP interface, COOL!

Netscape hasn't offered the web community anything for a long time and now that they're basing it on FF, they could save the time and effort of making a browser clone and just use FF.

Other than the inclusion of a new tab button, conjoined back/forward navigation buttons, and possibly a combined reload/stop button, that interface and especially the menu bar is almost like Firefox's just going by that teaser.

i tottally agree ... netscape "used" to be good back in the day of version 4.7 (i think) ... now it's just to bloated ... so theres basically NO reason to use it over firefox/IE/Opera.... those are pretty much your only choices when it comes to webbrowsers (well atleast "real" webbrowsers)

ThaCrip said,
i tottally agree ... netscape "used" to be good back in the day of version 4.7 (i think) ... now it's just to bloated ... so theres basically NO reason to use it over firefox/IE/Opera.... those are pretty much your only choices when it comes to webbrowsers (well atleast "real" webbrowsers)

Please, I remember the 4.x series; it was absolutely crap; java and javascript both used to lock up the browser, illegal operations thrown left right and centre, crappy threading, slow performance, lack of standards support - it was a friggin nightmare, and ultimately it was those 'qualities' which killed Netscape.