AOL to end support for … something called “Netscape”

Netscape’s long and storied history as a web browser will come to an end on March 1, as AOL has officially set a date for the browser’s demise. AOL originally put Netscape on death row at the end of 2007, when it announced that it would be ending support for the venerable application.

Even though users can still download Netscape 9, AOL will no longer provide any support at all for the browser. That includes security patches and bug fixes, too. AOL recommends fans of Netscape turn to Firefox, and if they’re especially nostalgic for the Netscape look and feel, install the Netscape theme and extensions for the popular open-source browser.

I can’t help but feel a small pang at the passing of Netscape. My first experience surfing the ‘Net came courtesy of Mosaic in mid-1994, and I was a dedicated Netscape user for much of the remainder of the 1990s. At one time, Netscape was the web browser and it wasn’t until the ascendancy of Internet Explorer later in the decade that Netscape fell out of favor with most surfers. (link)

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