End of an Era: Netscape Browser Dies

It's a sad day and the end of an era. Development is to cease on the Netscape browser, which at one time held the largest market share of all browsers, and was the first browser to gain mass popularity.

While internal groups within AOL have invested a great deal of time and energy in attempting to revive Netscape Navigator, these efforts have not been successful in gaining market share from Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Recently, support for the Netscape browser has been limited to a handful of engineers tasked with creating a skinned version of Firefox with a few extensions.

AOL's focus on transitioning to an ad-supported web business leaves little room for the size of investment needed to get the Netscape browser to a point many of its fans expect it to be. Given AOL's current business focus and the success the Mozilla Foundation has had in developing critically-acclaimed products, we feel it's the right time to end development of Netscape branded browsers, hand the reigns fully to Mozilla and encourage Netscape users to adopt Firefox.

Farewell, Netscape.  It was the first browser we used.  The king is dead.  Long live the king.

Via:  Netscape
Tags:  Browser, cap, IE, WS, AP
Comments
kid007 6 years ago
I never been a fan of netscape. God I still remember when i used in windows 95-98. I personally hated the fact that it took forever to download and forever to load. (hahaha taken the fact that the highest speed available at that time was 33.6kbps) Jesus the old days. oh well IE has done a lot of good work for me and I guess I never had an issue with it.
Endersothergame 6 years ago

This is a sad day in internet history, a sad day indeed, yes I haven't used Netscape in a long time but back in the beginning I used Netscape, insisted on it as i have never been a fan of IE ever.

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