Netscape Navigator : The browser that wouldn't die

AOL has ended support for Netscape Navigator on Saturday 1st March 2008, effectively terminating life support for a browser that changed the world and introduced many of us to the joys of pre-millennium web browsing.

"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," Tom Drapeau, Lead developer for Netscape.com said on the Netscape blog in 2007.

Netscape.com will still be operational and although its popularity has waned during the past few years - it was ranked in the top 50 sites worldwide, back in 2004 - it is still the default desktop for thousands worldwide.

Since AOL purchased Netscape in 1998, its browser market share has fell considerably to less than 1 percent, a fall that was accelerated after Netscape and subsequently AOL, nurtured the Open source Mozilla project.

AOL will provide an update to Netscape 9 users which will facilitate their migration to other browsers like Firefox or social web browser Flock; which are both based on Netscape code.

Netscape, now reborn as Open Sourced Firefox, is gradually catching up on Microsoft Internet Explorer and is now leading in terms of innovation and leading edge adoption.