AOL Pulls Plug on Netscape Browser

Service provider throwing weight behind Mozilla, Firefox

By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 28, 2007 7:14 PM CST

(Newser) – AOL today announced that it will discontinue support and development of its Netscape Navigator browser, a program that first introduced many to the Internet when it launched 13 years ago. But, CNET's Stephen Shankland writes, Microsoft's Internet Explorer ate into market share for Netscape, which was bought by AOL—which in turn spun off the Mozilla Foundation and its popular Firefox browser.

Official support for Netscape Navigator will end Feb. 1. "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,” Netscape's Tom Drapeau explained in a blog entry today.

The venerable Netscape Navigator browser was instrumental in popularizing the web in the early 90s.
The venerable Netscape Navigator browser was instrumental in popularizing the web in the early 90s.   ((c) OiMax)
Development and support for Netscape Navigator, first released in 1994, will cease on February 1st, 2008.
Development and support for Netscape Navigator, first released in 1994, will cease on February 1st, 2008.   ((c) colinrego)
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