Make Money Online - Netscape is No MoreAOL has said it will no longer be offering support for Netscape with effect from 1 February 2008.
The reason being cited is a 'lack of users'.
In the nineties Netscape was used by 90% of Internet users, until it was delivered a fatal blow by the Evil Empire when it introduced Internet Explorer and made it available free of charge.
Since the introduction of Firefox, Netscape's numbers have shrunk even further and it is now estimated that less than 1% of Internet users still use NEtscape.
On the Netscape Blog AOL states : "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. ... Given AOL's current business focus and the success the Mozilla Foundation has had in developing critically-acclaimed products, we feel it's the right time to end development of Netscape branded browsers, hand the reins fully to Mozilla and encourage Netscape users to adopt Firefox."
So the message is clear enough - use Firefox, which by most accounts is far superior to IE !