Thursday, March 03, 2005

WSJ.com - Personal Technology: The All-New Netscape Is Potentially Useful, But Has Design Flaws

WSJ.com - Personal Technology: The All-New Netscape Is Potentially Useful, But Has Design Flaws: "Netscape 8.0 is based on Firefox, the open-source browser that lately has become a hot challenger to Internet Explorer. Like Firefox, and earlier versions of Netscape, the 8.0 version uses tabbed browsing, which allows multiple Web pages to be open in a single window, each identified by a tab.
But the new Netscape looks and works quite differently from Firefox. It adds two major new features. First, Netscape rates every Web site for trustworthiness. This includes whether the site is genuine, and not a fake created by crooks for so-called 'phishing' schemes; and whether it can be trusted not to secretly load spyware or other malicious programs onto your PC.
Secondly, Netscape has the capability to render a Web page in two ways: as Firefox would present it or as Internet Explorer would. This is useful because some Web sites don't work properly in Firefox and rely upon special features available only through Internet Explorer. With the new Netscape, you can see the Internet Explorer version of a page without launching Internet Explorer."

(Details issues with initial release)
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