Web Browser

Netscape Navigator/Communicator was the first commercial web browser, displacing the free NCSA Mosaic. 1.0 was first released in December 1994, and initially offered advanced features such as progressively rendering pages as they loaded. It quickly gained many other features and capabilities and became the most popular web browser in the mid 1990s. One reason for its popularity, it was licensed freely for personal and non-profit use, although companies were expected to pay for a license. It later competed with Microsoft Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari, and eventually was open sourced in to the Mozilla browser.

Many other versions of Netscape can be found on the Sillydog Archive and the Netscape FTP.

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Netscape 4.5x-4.80, branded "Netscape Communicator", was the last commercial release before transitioning to their open source Gecko rendering engine.


Category: Software Application
Platform: Windows, OS2, Unix, Linux, MacOS, Other
Release: 1998
End of Life: Unknown
RAM: 16 MB
Disk Space: Unknown
Required CPU: 486
Type: Graphical