Today, at work, we discovered something amusing. My manager had previously installed Netscape Navigator onto his work computer, and since we work on web publishing, he later installed Opera so we can see how webpages will look in the different browsers. Makes sense, right? Well, turns out Opera overwrote the navigator.exe file and has it redirect to opera.exe. That’s a low blow, but I sure find it hilarious!
Edit: You know what’s funnier? Navigator replaces the Opera, as well.
Also, AOL/Netscape has this to say:
“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. Recently, support for the Netscape browser has been limited to a handful of engineers tasked with creating a skinned version of Firefox with a few extensions.
AOL’s focus on transitioning to an ad-supported web business leaves little room for the size of investment needed to get the Netscape browser to a point many of its fans expect it to be. 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.”