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Final goodbye for early web icon

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by gkd_uk, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. gkd_uk

    gkd_uk Moderator Moderator Webmaster

    A web browser that gave many people their first experience of the web is set to disappear.

    Netscape Navigator, now owned by AOL, will no longer be supported after 1 March 2008, the company has said.

    In the mid-1990s, as the commercial web began to take off, the browser was used by more than 90% of people online.

    Its market share has since slipped to just 0.6% as other browsers such as Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) and Firefox have eroded its user base.

    The company recommends that users upgrade their browser to either Firefox or Flock, which are both built on the same underlying technologies as Navigator.

    "I think we represent the hope that was of Netscape," Mitchell Baker, chair of the Mozilla Foundation which coordinates development of Firefox, told BBC News.

    "We have picked up many of the things that Netscape launched but we've taken them further in terms of openness and public participation."

    Ms Baker was one of the first employees at Netscape in 1994.

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