Michael Arrington notes that AOL is going to pull the plug on Netscape development. Also, the Netscape team now recommends the Netscapers to continue with Mozilla Firefox.
A leader once in browsing, the Netscape browser can be considered to be one of the early disruptions. Its fork, Mozilla Firefox, did many things better and got a lot of love from Web people. Though AOL did a lot to continue its development, I do not think it really resurrected Netscape. We have seen many browsers evolve with today’s needs and some new ones come up – Flock, Epiphany, Opera, Safari, Konqueror, Maxthon and I am sure I am missing a couple more. Netscape could well have been one of them if it offered something new.
I do not think it will be missed a lot, but it sure is a milestone. For the more sentimental ones amongst us, Netscape will continue to live within Firefox and SeaMonkey.