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Netscape to end Web browser support after 13 years

7 January 2008

Time Warner's AOL has decided to end development of the Netscape Navigator Web browser, and will discontinue support and software update releases for the product after 1 February 2008.

Although it was once the dominant Web browser in use world-wide during the 1990s, Netscape's popularity gradually declined as an increasing number of consumers began using Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

"While internal groups within AOL have invested a great deal of time and energy in attempting to revive Netscape Navigator, these efforts have not been successful in gaining market share from Microsoft's Internet Explorer," Netscape director Tom Drapeau wrote in his blog.

"AOL's focus on transitioning to an ad-supported web business leaves little room for the size of investment needed to get the Netscape browser to a point many of its fans expect it to be."

The Netscape team recommends that people currently using Netscape switch instead to Mozilla Firefox.

Mozilla Firefox is an open-source Web browser whose source code was initially derived from Netscape. Its development is overseen by the Mozilla Foundation. is planned to continue operating as a Web portal.

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