The browser was once dominant in terms of usage share, but lost most of that share to Internet Explorer during the first browser war. By the end of 2006, the usage share of Netscape browsers had fallen, from over 90% in the mid 1990s, to less than 1%. Netscape developed the Secure Sockets Layer Protocol (SSL) used for securing online communication, which is still widely used.Netscape is the general name for a series of web browsers originally produced by Netscape Communications Corporation, now a subsidiary of AOL. The original browser was once the dominant browser in terms of usage share, but as a result of the first browser war it lost virtually all of its share to Internet Explorer.

Tab History

Opening a link in a new tab will give the new tab the same history as the source tab.

OPML Support

Navigator 9 supports importing and exporting your bookmarks in OPML format.
Combined Stop/Reload button
To save space in your toolbar, the stop and reload buttons are combined.

Netscape 8

Netscape 8.1.2 was released in September 2006.
Netscape 8 allows you to adjust the security level (Java, JavaScript, cookies settings), and also allows you to switch to use Internet Explorer's engine to render pages when necessary.

New features in Netscape 8:

  • Site Controls (dual rendering engine)
  • Multi-Bar (dynamic toolbar)
  • Form fill/passcard
  • Live Content
  • Improved tabbed browsing
  • Adware & Spyware protection
  • Dynamic Security Center

    Netscape 7

    Netscape 7 is based on open source engine (Gecko) and fine-tune of Netscape 6.
    Netscape 7 has been reported very stable and fast.

    Netscape 6

    Netscape 6 was released in November 2000. This version was the first Netscape browser with powerful support for CSS and XML.
    Netscape 6 is based on open source engine (Gecko), while Netscape Communicator 4.8 used the engine that was originally released in late 1994.

    The Netscape Problem

    Netscape's 4.x series of browsers had a poor support for CSS and no support for XML.
    It took Netscape nearly three and a half years after the release of 4.0, to produce its next generation browser. This delay has clearly hurt Netscape's possibilities to dominate the browser market.

Netscape is Officially Dead

After 10 years of support, on December 28th 2007, AOL announced that the Netscape browser will be taken off life from February 1st 2008.
"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." Netscape development director Tom Drapeau wrote. 
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.
Netscape had been based on Mozilla code since Netscape version 6 appeared in 2000.