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ZDNet: Netscape 6 sets a new standard

Nov 14, 2000, 21:48 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Rapoza)

"Open-source browser offers unparalleled customizability, but its lack of LDAP, messaging and directory support will hurt corporate sales"

"Was it worth the wait? Well, to give Netscape and the developers at Mozilla.org credit, Netscape 6 is a total rewrite--in fact, its predecessor, Communicator 4.7, has more in common with Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer than it does with Netscape 6. The new product takes several bold new steps, including excellent cross-platform support, very good standards support, and an open architecture that makes it almost infinitely customizable."

"But Netscape 6 also takes several steps backward, especially in the areas of most concern to corporate users, such as messaging and directory support. The most damaging of these is the product's lack of LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) support."

"Since our first report on the lack of LDAP in Netscape 6... we have received well over 100 messages from businesses that will not deploy Netscape 6 because it lacks LDAP support. Many of these businesses have stuck with Communicator 4.x--despite its inferior browsing capabilities--because of its excellent LDAP and messaging features."

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