Netscape launch Netscape 8 – no Macs need apply!

Netscape have launched the latest version of their browser – Netscape 8.

According to Reuters:

Netscape 8.0 is based on the Firefox browser, a collaboratively developed program, but also will adapt and properly present sites customized to work with Microsoft Corp.’s (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) Internet Explorer browser.

“The browser is like a hybrid car that combines the usability of Internet Explorer with the security of Firefox,” said Andrew Weinstein, a spokesman for America Online/Netscape, a unit of Time Warner Inc. (TWX.N: Quote, Profile, Research) .

The new browser checks sites for security, integrates Web search and offers advanced features like RSS feeds which typically link to major news providers.

The program is available for download here but be aware that the system requirements for Netscape state:

Operating Systems
Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 98 SE, ME

Minimum Hardware
• 233 MHz processor (Recommended: 1 GHz processor or greater)
• 64 MB RAM (Recommended: 256 MB RAM or greater)
• 35 MB hard drive space

Notice the lack of support for any non-Microsoft based OSes? If you think there should be support for other OSes (Mac, Linux, Solaris) you can tell Netscape using their Feedback Form.

2 thoughts on “Netscape launch Netscape 8 – no Macs need apply!”

  1. Hinestly, who cares? Its firefox with a load of annoying cruft. The reason why its Windows only is that it uses IE as its embedded engine for certain sites, and IE is no longer available on anything but Wintel.

    // hostyle

  2. I know you are right Lee – I still just get annoyed at the number of Windows only programs – and this one from Netscape? You’d a thought they’d know better.

    Goes to show, huh?

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