Netscape Navigator RIP (1994 – 2008)

netscape navigatorYou might think thats its just a joke but its confirmed. Netscape Web browser support will be stopped by AOL ,  Netscape’s parent company.  AOL officialy announced that they will cease support for the current version of Netscape.  Although Netscape will be officially gone by February 1, 2008, a Netscape theme will be created for the current version of Firefox to make it look like Netscape 9.

I got this Q&A from Netscape’s Blog

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 reins fully to Mozilla and encourage Netscape users to adopt Firefox.

Q: What will this mean?
A: We’ll continue to release security patches for the current version of the browser, Netscape Navigator until February 1, 2008. After February 1, there will be no more active product support for Navigator 9, or any previous Netscape Navigator browser. This includes Netscape v1-v4.x, Netscape v6, Netscape v7 Suite, Netscape Browser v8, and Netscape Navigator/Messenger 9.

Q: I use Netscape now. Now that Netscape is stopping support, what do I do?
A: The Netscape Team fully stands behind the fine work being done by the Mozilla Foundation. We recommend that you download Mozilla Firefox and give it a try. We know you’ll enjoy it!

Q: Will I still be able to use Netscape?
A: You will still be able to download old versions of Netscape from the Netscape Archive (link coming). However, these products are no longer supported. Our recommendation for the nostalgic out there is to download Mozilla Firefox, and add on the Netscape theme and Netscape extensions which are available here:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/user/56836

This way you’ll have a current web browser that is very secure, and has the look and feel you have grown accustomed to with Netscape.

Q: Will anyone be around to answer my questions?
A: The following sites will continue to exist and offer information about Netscape after February 1, 2008: The UFAQ (http://www.ufaq.org/), the Netscape Archive, the Netscape Community Forum (http://community.netscape.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?webtag=ws-nscpbrowser&redirCnt=1).

Please bear in mind that no active product support will be available.

Q: Does this mean that Netscape is dead?
A: While we will no longer support the Netscape web browser as of February 1, 2008, Netscape.com (http://www.netscape.com) will still continue to serve as a general use Internet portal.

  • Netscape is way too heavy. It’s also amazing they have been this long in the Internet world since there are rumors and speculations that they are D-E-A-D since the last 2 years (or maybe more!)

    And it’s good to here that Netscape is recommending FireFox for those who want to shift to another Internet browser. Hmmmm I guess Netscape really hates Microsoft.

    Anyway, I’m a FireFox user.

  • @ berryblitz

    I agree Firefox is indeed a good browser

  • Firefox is much better, but it is a little sad to see this old giant go.

  • I remember in the early 1990s when internet was very young in the Philippines, I had the great opportunity to be one of the few who have experienced THE INTERNET. I was one of the few who had an email address when pagers rocked the Philippines. I was already creating websites when people didn’t know what it was. And, all along, I was using NETSCAPE NAVIGATOR. The INTERNET EXPLORER was still 1.0 and didn’t have the clout that NETSCAPE had.

    But with the dawn of IE and other better browsers such as Firefox and Opera, Netscape has lost its stride. And today, we learn of its death.

    Thanks Netscape for opening the door for newbie internet surfers like me and showing me to the new world of the web. Netscape taught me how to surf and how the internet was something to watch out for.

    As we move on to web 2.0, Netscape will be left behind. But your death is not in vain. You will forever be remembered as the first browsers that brought the internet to what it is today.

    Cheers Netscape! And thank you.