Netscape is Officially Dead
December 28, 2007: Netscape developers announced that AOL would discontinue their web browser on February 1, 2008, due to low market share.
Netscape's development director, Tom Drapeau, wrote: "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."
AOL acquired Netscape in a $4.2 billion deal in 1998. In 2003 the Mozilla Foundation separated from Netscape and AOL with its former parent providing a $2 million dollar parting gift.
The Netscape Problem
Netscape's 4.x series of browsers had a poor support for CSS and no support for XML.
It took Netscape over three years after the release of 4.0, to produce its next-generation browser. This delay clearly hurt Netscape's possibilities to dominate the browser market.
Netscape Navigator 9 - Released in 2007.
Netscape 8 - Released in 2006.
Netscape 7 - Released in 2002.
Netscape 6 - Released in 2000. Support for CSS and XML.
Netscape 5 - Netscape skipped version 5.
Netscape Communicator 4 - Released in 1997.
Netscape Navigator 3 - Released in 1996.
Netscape Navigator 2 - Released in 1996.
Netscape 1 - Released in 1994.
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