[photopress:netscape_logo.gif,thumb,alignleft]Following Netscape’s announcement of its latest release of the Netscape Navigator version 9.005, they finally announced the death of Netscape last December 28. Starting February 1, official support for all Netscape clients will end.
Netscape has been known to be ‘The Browser’ in the early 90′s. It was then that Netscape received the highest stock value during the first day of the initial public offering. Netscape also dominated the internet way back before the “Browser Wars” have started. But unfortunately, Microsoft won the ‘browser wars’ and forced Netscape to open its doors for open sourcing. It was in 1998 when Netscape started the open source Mozilla project in the hopes that it would gain popularity. For several years, AOL Netscape made a lot of efforts of gaining back its name in the industry.
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.
Netscape users will also be able to use Netscape products after February 1 but Netscape will no longer release security patches for this products.
I guess Netscape would be a history now. It’s the end of netscape.