Netscape Navigator RIP

Read just now that Netscape Navigator is to be discontinued:

“After 1 February, there will be no more active product support for Navigator nine, or any previous Netscape Navigator browser,” wrote Mr Drapeau.

This brought back some memories for me. Navigator was the best browser at the time, especially, when part of the ‘Netscape Communicator‘ internet suite. Their mail program was called Messenger.

One reason for me not switching to IE initially (after evil M$ started bundling it with their sucky operating system) was that it was far more convenient imho to have the mail program integrated with the browser, so you could just switch from one to the other.

There again, at the time t’Internet wasn’t really ‘on’ all the time, and I didn’t really use it much. Initially, around 1-2 hours a day – didn’t even have my own computer at the start.

Anyway, Netscape Communicator/Navigator, you gave me a lot of pleasure, and I thank you for that.

Rest in Peace.


3 thoughts on “Netscape Navigator RIP

  1. One funny aspect of the integration of web browser and mail program was that the windows session and the netscape sessions weren’t synchronized – whenever I went to the computer labs in Cologne university, I first checked whether somebody had left their mail in the messenger – and I got to read some curious, occasionally steamy stuff 🙂

  2. hehe, i faintly remember doing that too. BTW I found a site where one can download all old versions of the Netscape brower. I’m dowloading Communicator 4.7 and 4.8 – I’m pretty sure 4.7 was the last one I used before switching over to IE 😐


  3. IE…. as IE for Mac isn’t really supported by Microsoft, I hardly get exposed to it – and use Firefox most of the time on PCs. The last month of working on a PC – during my month long job stint – was a pain in the butt.

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