Netscape, RIP


Should auld acquaintance be forgot? Spill a little egg nog for Netscape Navigator tonight, for old times-new media’s sake. Netscape Navigator will soon be no more. From the AP via CNNMoney:

”Netscape Navigator, the world’s first commercial Web browser and the launch pad of the Internet boom, will be pulled off life support Feb. 1 after a 13-year run.

”Its current caretakers, Time Warner Inc.’s AOL, decided to kill further development and technical support to focus on growing the company as an advertising business. Netscape’s usage dwindled with Microsoft Corp.’s entry into the browser business in the 1990s, and Netscape all but faded away following the birth of its open-source cousin, Firefox.”

Jeff Bewkes, by the way, officially takes the helm at Time Warner tomorrow. The chattering classes will be watching what he does with AOL.

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