ComputerWorld: Impressive Netscape 6 beta promises widespread appeal [Review]Apr 07, 2000, 20:49 (7 Talkback[s])
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"Few companies question the wisdom of installing Web browsers on client machines any more. The primary questions now are which one should you deploy and whether or not you should upgrade to the next version. When Netscape 6 is released later this year, its bevy of impressive user- and developer-friendly new features and revamped interface may prompt you to choose Netscape's browser over Microsoft's or to upgrade to the latest version."
"Netscape 6, which was redesigned based on the Netscape Gecko technology, will have a new look and feel. The wildly different interface offers several more buttons for accessing bookmarks, channels, Net2Phone, chat, and other features, as well as an emphasis on keeping users constantly connected both to the Internet and to a corporate intranet. The Netscape Gecko browser engine offers features that make Netscape 6 easy enough for casual users while offering an open-standard approach that will appeal to developers. If you decide to move to Netscape 6, your users will find many new and welcome enhancements, including personalized tabs, integrated instant messaging, and a smaller installation. Developers will appreciate its expanded support for Web standards and globalization features."
"The two enhancements which impress me most are the support for Web standards -- better than ever before -- and the My Sidebar personalized tabs. The open-standard approach enables developers to create content once, instead of building different versions for different platforms; this will save precious and costly development time. On the other side of the browser window, the personalizable My Sidebar tab will give users updated information -- ranging from an integrated buddy list for conducting instant messaging, to stock quotes, calendars, and search results -- without requiring users to continuously check a site."
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