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Hey, Napster's back, why not Netscape?

By - April 19, 2004

netscapeAOL might have some play left after all. According to this Infoworld piece (hey, didn’t there used to be a NetscapeWorld?), AOL is planning to release a new version of the browser, based on Mozilla, and, to quote the piece:

In addition to a browser suite update, AOL has quietly started beta testing a new product called the Netscape Desktop Navigator that offers access to localized Web content — based on the user’s zip code — through a round user interface that resembles a coaster. The beta version of the Netscape Desktop Navigator is available for download at: http://navigator-stage.netscape.com/.

The content in question will be from AOL and partners. Mozilla is pretty good stuff, especially the browser. I wonder….will this be the start of AOL having a true play in the browsing/search/local ad space?

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  • http://urbanwhore.com/ Vitaliy

    I can see it now, AOL ad galore.

  • http://www.afriguru.com Seun Osewa

    Firefox is what people are all falling in love with today, not Mozilla! Now if only we could get Internet Exporer Browser Extensions like (especially) the google toolbar to work on firefox, people will probably use it extensively!

  • http://www.evhead.com Ev.

    > will this be the start of AOL having a
    > true play in the browsing/search/local
    > ad space?

    Not unless they redo the interface, because no one will use this thing as it is now. Round?!

  • http://battellemedia.com John Battelle

    Ev- what does “round” mean? As in, buy you one?!

  • http://extelligence.ringlet.net/roam/ Peter Pentchev

    I believe Ev might be referring to the design of the Netscape Desktop Navigator as shown on the navigator-stage website: the icon, the images, even the menus are just.. round :)

  • Jason Landry

    The Google Bar can be added to Firefox as an extension:

    http://googlebar.mozdev.org/