Netscape 7.2 released
Download the new Netscape 7.2 browser (built with Mozilla) to take advantage of the latest security and popup blocking features and enjoy the best from Netscape.com. It's free, Keeps your current bookmarks & browser settings, Easy to upgrade, Enhanced security, More powerful popup blocking, Plus Tabbed Browsing, which lets you have multiple Web sites open in one browser window. End desktop clutter!
It's based on Mozilla 1.7. If you're just looking for a cool and fast browser I still recommend to use Mozilla Firefox.
My first experience with Netscape 7.2 isn't that good. First it had to shutdown Mozilla to install. Ok but annoying. Then it uses the Mozilla profiles. So I had to create a profile called Netscape 7.2 so that running Netscape doesn't kill my current Mozilla profile. Why the heck didn't they use a seperate space for Netscape profile instead of using the Mozilla ones. I launched Netscape 7.2 and the first thing I got was a "File not found" with some XUL file (sidebar something).
The useragent for Netscape 7.2 is:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.2) Gecko/20040804 Netscape/7.2 (ax)
The problem with Netscape is that it has always used the Mozilla profile directory from the early betas of 6.0 because back then there wasn't an easy way to change the profile directory, also it was intended back in that time Mozilla not being for end users and so only testers would have this problem.
However, before even the foundation was spun off people started using Mozilla in preference to Netscape.
However, fortunately Firefox is the way to go in Mozilla land so most Mozilla users of the future will be using a separate profile anyway.
However, if Netscape chooses to adopt Firefox as Netscape 8.0 then I hope they don't repeat the same mistakes and will use a Netscape profile and use the built in Firefox migrator so people can migrate their own profiles.Comment by Dave at August 18, 2004 11:14 AM | Permalink
Firefox, Thunderbird and Mozilla all have the problem that they have to close any Mozilla based product when installing or uninstalling. Very annoying indeed.Comment by Jure Repinc at August 18, 2004 04:13 PM | Permalink
I am disappointed with the way "find" works when searching within a selected hit site for a word that also appears in your search argument. The first "hit" is always the "Search" box, which is just a nuisance.Comment by Earl DeHaven at August 19, 2004 07:56 PM | Permalink
Netscape as compared to IE is in no way user friendly. But the major advantage of using netscape is to escape from spywares. Most spywares are developed to infect IE. One infected there is no other choice than to reload the OS as the bug in IE does not allow the spyware to be repaired. I gess netscape is more safe as compared to IE.Comment by frontpage web design template at August 31, 2004 09:19 AM | Permalink