Wednesday, December 01, 2004

New Netscape Browser Impersonates Both Firefox and IE

New Netscape Browser Impersonates Both Firefox and IE: "AOL's Netscape division released a beta version of its forthcoming Netscape 8.0 Web browser, which is based on Mozilla Firefox but also supports the Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) rendering engine. The unexpected new browser actually integrates fairly nicely with both the Firefox and IE rendering engines; if a users hits a page that won't display properly using the Firefox rendering engine, called Gecko, they can switch to IE using the product's Site Control Menu; it will then remember to use IE in future visits to that site.
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According to MozillaZine, an online Web journal covering The Mozilla Foundation and its products, Netscape 8.0 was outsourced to a Canadian software company called Mercurial Communications and was not created in-house by Netscape staffers. AOL had previously dismantled most of its Netscape-related development sites in July 2003, just two months after Microsoft settled its antitrust suit with AOL parent Time Warner for $750 million."

Okay, perhaps finally a reason to reconsider using a Netscape-branded browser.
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