AOL Extends Netscape’s Support

I have good news for the loyal followers of legendary web browser Netscape Communicator. AOL recently announced they will extend their customer support from February 1, 2008 to March 1, 2008.

AOL execs said the investment necessary to get the software to the standard fans expected did not fit within AOL’s new focus as a Web-based business. Also, they were unhappy with Netscape’s market share, even though great effort was made to upgrade the browser in an attempt to keep up with Mozilla Firefox strict security maintenance program.

In addition to extending the support period, AOL plans to release an update for Netscape Navigator 9 via the browser update feature that is aimed at smoothing over the transition between Netscape and suggested alternatives. By suggested alternatives, I mean Flock social browser and Mozilla Firefox.

Meanwhile, Netscape users who can’t bear to leave the browser behind can reskin Firefox with a Netscape look.

It’s sad to see a legendary Internet icon like Netscape go the way of the Dodo. But I’m afraid that’s the way the system works—either you shape up or ship out.

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