The Following Announcements Are Officially Released By Netscape.
ANNOUNCING NETSCAPE 9
What you are looking at is a draft of the main toolbar of Netscape 9.0, running on Windows XP. Netscape 9 will be a standalone browser, and from this screen shot, you can infer several things: unlike Netscape 8, Netscape 9 will contain support for newsfeeds (a.k.a. Live Bookmarks); it will also have tight integration with the Netscape.com service, as evidenced by the icons for the two available Netscape.com extensions (Friends' Activity Sidebar and the Sitemail Notifier). Several Netscape.com-based extensions will be built into the browser; only these two have been previously announced.
I'll be posting a new announcement, feature teaser, or progress report right here each Tuesday, so stay tuned.
Last Updated: 23-January-2007 1900 CST
Announcement For Tuesday 30-January-2007
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 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 screen shot of an FTP page rendered in two different browsers. Can you guess which one is Netscape 9? :-)
Last Updated: 30-January-2007 0800 CST
Official Word from the Netscape Blog, February 6th 2007
Extensions and Netscape 9
Posted by Chris Finke
It has been established that Netscape 9 will be based on Firefox 2.0. One of the greatest things about Firefox is its community of extension developers - if you want a feature that is not built into the browser, chances are that someone has written an extension to add it. We've even released several extensions of our own for people who use Firefox with Netscape.com.
However, chances are that you've run into an extension you'd like to install, only to find that it's not compatible with your browser version. This is because extension authors must test and update their extension every time a new browser version comes out to ensure that it works properly with that version of the browser.
Since Netscape 9 will share an architecture with Firefox 2, it is very likely that most Firefox 2 extensions will work in Netscape 9 without modification. This is why Netscape 9 will allow you to install extensions that list Firefox 2 as a compatible version but do not explicitly list Netscape as well. This feature will give all users of Netscape 9 immediate access to Firefox's wealth of custom extensions without having to wait for each author to update the extension's compatibility file.
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