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Netscape Navigator 9.0.0.4 Available

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Navigator 9.0.0.4 was released earlier today in order to incorporate the security fixes included in Firefox 2.0.0.10. Please be sure to update your installation of Navigator when prompted by the automatic updater, or you can force the update manually by choosing “Check for Updates” from the Help menu. The release notes for this release are here.

You can also download the full installer for Netscape Navigator 9.0.0.4 from browser.netscape.com.

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Netscape Navigator 9.0 Available

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Netscape is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the official release of Netscape Navigator 9. The release is available for download from browser.netscape.com.

The following changes have been made since Release Candidate 1:

  • Added security measures when installing extensions from the sidebar browser
  • Fixed error that was displayed after updating (with auto-update) from 9.0b3 to 9.0RC1

For a complete list of the new features in Netscape 9, see What’s New in Netscape Navigator 9? at browser.netscape.com; you may want to also check out the Netscape Navigator FAQ for information on running Navigator 9 alongside previous Netscape browsers.

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Netscape Navigator 9 Release Candidate 1 Available

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Netscape is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the first release candidate of Netscape Navigator 9. The release is available for download from browser.netscape.com.

Due to Netscape.com’s transition from a social news site to a traditional news portal (and the resulting re-launch of the social news site at Propeller.com), we made the decision to remove the built-in social news functionality from the Netscape Navigator Web browser. We will be releasing those features as stand-alone Propeller-branded browser extensions shortly, and our browser development efforts will be refocused on providing new features and browsing enhancements not specifically tied to a single Web service.

The following changes have been made since Beta 3:

  • Added splash screen
  • Fixed formatting bug in Mac license
  • Fixed a bug that was preventing custom background colors
  • Mini-browser enhancements
  • Removed social news integration
  • Exposed more preferences in the Preference Dialog for tabs and the mini-browser
  • Fixed reversed preference for opening searches in new tab
  • Fixed Mac bundle signature
  • Fixed default icon and file assocations
  • Moved custom FTP style out of userContent.css
  • Added URL correction preferences to Advanced Preferences page
  • Added drop-down menu to print button
  • Added drop-down menu to home button
  • Added Firefox profile importing
  • Added support for importing Netscape 8 bookmarks after the initial install
  • Fixed theme issues on Linux
  • Fixed truncation of Reload button label
  • Fixed bugs with URL correction and country codes
  • Added “Save to Linkpad” option to History context menu

For a complete list of the new features in Netscape 9, see What’s New in Netscape Navigator 9? at browser.netscape.com; you may want to also check out the Netscape Navigator FAQ for information on running Navigator 9 alongside previous Netscape browsers.

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Flight of the Navigator

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To avoid confusion between the different Netscape products, we have made the decision that the next Netscape-branded browser (previously known only as Netscape 9) will be named Netscape Navigator 9. What’s old is new again!

You may ask, “Won’t this be confusing as well, since a number of Netscape.com users are known as Navigators?” Yes, that would be confusing. We’ll have to do something about that…

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Netscape Browser 8.1.3 Released

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We’re pleased to announce the 8.1.3 release of the Netscape Browser (Windows only). New in this version are security updates to the 8.1.x browser line – see the Security Alerts page at browser.netscape.com for more information on the bugs fixed in this release.

Remember to uninstall your current 8.x installation from the Control Panel’s Add/Remove Programs dialog before installing 8.1.3. Your profile information will remain intact and will be recognized by the new 8.1.3 installation.

Download and install Netscape 8.1.3 today!

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Netscape 9 and Social News

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Netscape 9 will include built-in tools to share, vote for, and discuss interesting things you find on the Web directly from the browser’s URL bar. The image below shows the state of the address bar for a page that

a) hasn’t been submitted to Netscape.com
b) has been submitted and you haven’t voted for it
c) has been submitted, and you have already voted for it.

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The vote and comment totals are shown in the tooltips for the images as well as in the status bar.

We feel that having these tools in the browser by default will introduce the idea of social news to a whole new set of users, and it should make it easier for those who are already familiar with the concept.

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Netscape 9 Saves You Time

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Ever tried to visit google.cmo? How about irs.gvo? I’m sure that everyone has, at one time or another, made common mistakes like these when typing addresses in the location bar. What normally happens is that you notice your mistake after waiting for the page to load and it fails. That wait is a waste of your time – your browser spell-checks everything else you type, why not URLs?

Netscape 9 will be the first major browser to automatically correct common typos entered in the location bar. For example, if you accidentally type techcrunchcom, Netscape will fix it be to techcrunch.com. If you type slashdot.orgg, Netscape will change it to slashdot.org. mozilla,cmo gets changed to mozilla.com, and so on and so forth – no fuss, no muss. The browser will watch for nearly 30 different types of common mistakes and correct them for you (asking you to confirm, if you choose to enable confirmation), hopefully saving you some time and frustration in the process.

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Netscape 9 Target Platforms

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After last week’s announcement, many of you inquired about the target platforms for Netscape 9. The previous version of Netscape (8.x) was only available for Windows, but the news that I have to bring this week is that Netscape 9 will be released simultaneously for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS.

Because there’s not much else to say on the topic of operating system compatibility, here is a bonus teaser: Below is a screenshot of an FTP page rendered in two different browsers. Can you guess which one is Netscape 9? :-)

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