Netscape Claims 25 Million Members
Feb 15, 2000, 16:55 (7 Talkback[s])
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Netscape's acquisition by America Online Inc. last year did not
hamper its growth, as the company Tuesday reported 25 million
members to its Netcenter portal and offered browser fans
information on its anxiously awaited release of its new
Netcenter increased its membership from 10 million in January
1999 to 25 million. The company's portal provides community tools
such as a search engine, informational content, chat, e-mail and
download tools. The site was redesigned in December, which the firm
said helped to boost membership. Also helping to boost membership
has been the integration of some of America Online's 21 million
members. AOL bought Netscape last November.
Measurement firm Media Metrix recently reported that Netcenter
is one of the five most visited sites from work, and as a result
the company has focused the site to reflect business visitors.
Netscape also announced Tuesday that the application that helped
introduce the world to the World Wide Web is about to get a new
look. A beta version of Netscape's new Internet browser suite
-- powered by Netscape Gecko -- is scheduled to be available to the
public for download within the next 60 days.
"Netscape is on the move," said Jim Martin, senior vice
president and general manager of Netscape Netcenter. "These new
metrics demonstrate the continued excitement over Netscape since it
joined the AOL family and foreshadow the even greater success we
expect in the future."
"With the beta of our new browser available within 60 days and
other exciting developments in the pipeline, we are energized to
build on this momentum."