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eWeek: AOL 'Communicator' Threatens Netscape

Dec 02, 2002, 10:00 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nate Mook)

[ Thanks to Lin Kuei for this link. ]

"Code-named Photon, Communicator has been in development for close to two years, although AOL has made no decisions on how to market the product. But sources say a faction of the company is pushing for Communicator to succeed Netscape, which has all but disappeared from users' screens.

"AOL began work on Photon after the release of Netscape 6 in November 2000 was met with harsh criticism. Netscape 6 was based on slow and unstable beta builds of Mozilla, the open-source Web browser, and developers within AOL wished to make the mail and IM clients more appealing to experienced users.

"Communicator utilizes the Gecko engine and XUL user interface language found in Mozilla, but it was developed entirely in-house and is not open source, according to AOL..."

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