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WebTools.com: Netscape 6 PR1: Not Yet Ready For Prime Time

Apr 17, 2000, 19:42 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Angelo)

"America Online released a preview edition of Netscape 6 on Wednesday, April 5, 2000. Preview 1 is not merely a typical whole-integer sort of upgrade that adds some new features, improves other features, and gets rid of some bugs. Rather, it's a complete makeover from the ground up -- not just some cosmetic improvements. Netscape 6 PR1 is far from ready for prime time, however. It's not even close and it gets no cigar -- yet."

"This "makeover," in fact, could end in a divorce between Netscape and some, if not many, of its loyal fans. A big factor in that could be what Netscape/AOL does with NS6 in the two remaining scheduled preview (beta) releases and in the final shipping version of its new product. If things remain the same, AOL might succeed at doing to Netscape Navigator and the ever-popular Lizard (Mozilla) what Microsoft and its Internet Explorer were never able to do -- kill it...."

"The other side of this strict W3C Gecko engine compliance is if site managers do not bring their Web pages into the Gecko-required strict W3C compliance, Gecko-based browsers might not correctly display those pages, if at all. The possible result: Web surfers might react by ditching the Gecko-based browsers and going back to their good old Netscape 4.x browser, Internet Explorer, or some other browser."

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