We saw it coming from miles off, but it still hurts. The once ever so popular Netscape browser will, from the first of next month, be no more.
Support for Netscape, which was acquired by AOL in 1999, will cease at the beginning of next month because of its ever decreasing number of users. In its peak, Netscape was used by 90 percent of people but rival browsers, such as Internet Explorer, has see this figure fall to 0.6 percent. Ouch.
Tom Drapeau from Netscape Blog said that attempts to revive the browser were unsuccessful and in light of the success of Mozilla, Netscape encourages people to adopt Firefox. According to Drapeau, “The Netscape Team fully stands behind the fine work being done by the Mozilla Foundation.”
All product support for Netscape (currently version 9) and older versions of the browser will stop on February 1st, however www.netscape.com will still be act as a general use internet portal.
For those of you who have become quite attached to your old-school browser, the Netscape team recommend you update to Mozilla Firefox and add on the Netscape theme and Netscape extensions, so the 0.6 percent of you can get it here.