AOL to dump Netscape Navigator

Posted: January 1, 2008 in Tech

AOL announced its decision to put an end to the once most popular Web browser, Netscape, due to its failure to recover after Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was launched. The current version of Netscape will continue to run until Feb.1, 2008, and AOL support engineers will continue to develop security patches until then.

This puts an end to many years of continuous struggle from AOL to put Netscape back on the map. The browser was once used by over 80 percent of the Internet users, but it came down to 0.6 in December 2007, compared to the 77 percent Internet Explorer has.

Netscape browser was released in 1994, and it was first known as the Mosaic Netscape, until later becoming Netscape Navigator, due to some legal matters. AOL announced in Nov. 1998 it would acquire Netscape Communications evaluated at $4.2 billion.

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