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[VR Zone] R.I.P: Internet Browser pioneer Netscape Officially Closes Down On March 1

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A pioneer in the Internet revolution will fall silent on March 1. The venerable Netscape Browser (owned by our parent company AOL) -- once the leader in Web browsers -- is finally throwing in the towel. Netscape will still be available to download after the end of the month, but AOL will no longer update the product or offer any technical support.

After losing the browser wars of the '90s to Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Netscape struggled in obscurity and irrelevance. Eventually, Netscape opened its source code, allowing anyone to see it, use it, and alter it , which eventually gave birth to Mozilla and Firefox (now the second most popular browser after Explorer).

At this time, Netscape has a dismal 0.61 percent of the browser market, so it's highly unlikely you know anyone who is still using it. But if you do, then you should encourage them to follow the advice to be found on the Netscape site, which suggests you download Firefox.

If you really miss the all-in-one nature of Netscape, then also check out SeaMonkey, which is based on the same code as Firefox and is compatible with many of the same extensions.
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I used Netscape only a few times and it seemed like a struggle compared to IE and the likes of FireFox.
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Well IE has the lead in the popular browser now so.
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That's sad. Netscape was the first browser I ever used. I remember a guy asking me "do you Netscape?" having no clue what he was talking about. Someone should pour some LN2 into the ground for our fallen homie, Netscape.
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I'll always remember you.
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Never liked Netscape, I only got to use it at school.
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post #7 of 29
Was the first browser I used as well. It was the best back in the day.
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I remember Netscape Communicator during middle/high school 6 or 7 years ago. Maybe even more. It wasn't friendly with Runescape so I used IE5 during study hall hours to play Runescape. Now I'm 21 and a third year at RIT.
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I remember Netscape Communicator during middle/high school 6 or 7 years ago. Maybe even more. It wasn't friendly with Runescape so I used IE5 during study hall hours to play Runescape. Now I'm 21 and a third year at RIT.

Hey I'll be at RIT next year!
    
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Well IE has the lead in the popular browser now so.
So does Firefox and Opera
 
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