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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Netscape releases version 9 of its browser with Social Networking in built

Do you guys know Netscape? Well - I definitely do!! Because it was one of the few other browser(or only other browser) available than Internet Explorer when I started sufing the web in its early stages. The browser was once dominant in terms of usage share, but it has lost most of its share to Internet Explorer during the first browser war I suppose.

Well, recently Netscape has announced the availability of the new Netscape Navigator 9.0, available as a standalone installation for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. I guess this is just to once again prove to its critics that it is very much in business!! This 9.0 version is based on Firefox and has a couple of unique features built-in.

Some very notable features of this new browser are :

Direct browser integration with Netscape portal which is now a social bookmarking site.

You can share and vote for web pages you'll find interesting without visiting the website.

One can read the latest news directly from the browser.

A link pad allowing you to save interesting links without cluttering the bookmarks.

You can download and try Netscape 9 from the offical website.


  1. Anonymous said,

    I remember using Netscape Communicator as it was my primary Internet suite years ago. It was nice having a browser that was more secure than Internet Explorer and it had a built in mail client.

    I was reviewing the new Netscape last night and learned it no longer has a built in POP mail client and a composer for creating and uploading your own web pages.

    About 6 months ago I tried out a program called SeaMonkey and was quite impressed. From SeaMonky's website: "Web-browser, advanced e-mail and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and HTML editing made simple -- all your Internet needs in one application."

    The newest version is based on Firefox 2.X So Firefox extensions, plug-ins and many themes work in it. You will want to change the theme as the icons that come with it are pretty ugly but that shouldn't take a novice much more then a few minutes to figure out.

    For anyone interested in trying out this great program go to http://www.mozilla.org/projects/seamonkey/

    Rich D.

    Oh Jason, Thanks for the great blog!!! :)

    on 6/12/2007 12:38 PM

  2. Jason S said,

    Hi Rich,

    Thanks for the heads up with SeaMonkey and sharing your experience about Netscape too.

    Yes, you are right. The new version of netscape doesn't come bundled with the mail client - I forgot to mention it in the article -- Sorry.

    I will try SeaMonkey and maybe post a review on the same in the coming weeks.


    on 6/12/2007 12:54 PM