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      04.11.2000 23:28
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      People seem to forget that Netscape have been producing net browsers for a t least two years longer than Microsoft, and that not all Microsoft products are actually any good. Most serious users of the internte, who have been online for any length of time, realise this and consequently make use of Netscape, currently at version 4.7 of it's communicator software, an all in one suite of software, including email. There may only seem to be cosmetic differences between IE and Netscape, but these all tally up.. for one thing, IE seems to insist on "Favourites" compared to the much more sensible "bookmarks".. there's a lot of other minor niggles too. Of course, if you're a windows user, you hardly have a choice whether or not to install IE5, and Microsoft have been told to demerge simply because of IE being forced upon people with Windows. Basically, independent , non corporate users of the internet will find Netscape a much better piece of software to utilise on the internet. In my opinion of course. I have had extensive experience of using and troubleshooting Interent Explorer, so I am in a sutiable position ot make htis comparison.

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        05.10.2000 20:01
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        Yes once upon a time in the early infancy of the Internet browsing stakes, Netscape ruled supreme. It had the superior utilities like history and the ability to view sources of web pages. Sadly with the all empowering dominance of IE5 and some other pretenders such as the excellent Opera browser, Communicator 4.7 just does not cut the mustard. I dare you to run both IE5 and Communicator 4.7 together and access the homepage of www.dooyoo.co.uk. Look at the checkin and help links in IE5 (top right) against those displayed in 4.7!! Yep it is all bunched up. Again look at you members profile in IE5 and 4.7 and you will noticed that the IE5 displays the items neatly - 4.7 does not! Quite frankly most designers of web pages could not give two hoots about how their pages display in Communicator and this shows even here! And who can blame them? This piece of technology against IE5 can no longer compete. As further evidence of this point your browser (IE5 and 4.7) to www.symmedia.co.uk an Internet Training Company. Notice how under the Training Courses descriptions pages how Communicator displays in an array of fonts and IE5 nice and neat!! Now don't get me wrong! I'm not a Microsoft freak - in fact I prefer to use Opera that tends to display pages more or less as web designers intended. It's just that as sites get more and more sophisticated then if you are viewing them in 4.7 you are probably missing out!

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          30.09.2000 13:42
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          Netscrape i believe is the common name for this "browser" in the web design community. Yes, so it conforms to the W3C standards better than IE, but the point is, and excus emy language, its CRAP! So you design your webpage - you get it working in IE - no problems - all you colored table cells are working - your fancy javascript that took you ages to write loads perfectly - all your Dreamweaver layers are holding your content in place, your little DHTML animation is whizzing away and all your frames are perfectly aligned. And then you open up Netscrape... Why oh why does Netscape not do the simplest of things? Like color a table cell even if there is nothing in it??? Is it so much to ask? I only use Netscape now for testing sites, and to be honest, for surfing, I wouldnt touch it with a bargepole. DO NOT use this browser - please stick with IE 5 - ok so its Microsoft and the latest upgrade is really buggy - but hey - its better than Netscrape.

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          30.08.2000 20:31

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          Netscape used to be my first choice of Web browsing tool. However after using Internet Explorer, I have to admit that Internet Explorer is way better than Netscape. The bad thing about Internet Explorer is there is no Linux version (of course not because Linux and Microsoft are two competing software companies). I have used Netscape in Windows and Linux. I found that the loading up of Netscape is too slow to be practical indeed. In addition, it will spend most of the CPU and memory available of the hardware system. Furthermore, the Netscape in Linux crashes frequently because (I think) the memory required by the Netscape way much than the Linux system able to provide. In order to compete with Microsoft Internet Explorer, I think Netscape should figure out a better approach.

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          20.08.2000 21:09
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          I hate Netscape. I wouldn't use it unless I absolutely had to. And why ist that? It is the most unpredictable browser I have ever come across. It cannot handle style sheets properly. It cries almost everytime a little bit of Javascript is thrown its way. After trying to design a website that was compatible with Ie and Netscape, I quickly trashed Netscape when I realised it would take me so much time trying to make it Compatable. Netscape jsut doesn't compare to IE, I'm sorry to say. The only saving grace is I prefer the way it fills addresses in for you. Stay well away from this piece of trash.

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            09.08.2000 16:41

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            Netscape Communicator is by no means a bad browser, but it just does not live up to the required standards of an average everyday user. Netscape Navigator is good for the following things: If you use the internet through a proxy server, if the browser is been used at a school or if you want to test out a website that is supposedly Netscape compatible. That is about all that Netscape is useful for. I don’t really want to mention the list of what it is not useful for, as I will start going on forever! The Java on Netscape has to be the worst part though. It is simple. NOTHING WORKS!

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            08.08.2000 05:14

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            This is a useless piece of software and is compatible with very few sites. It is compatible with very few plug ins, it will not run plug ins that you want to run. It looks un proffesional and is no where near as good as Internet Explorer from Microsoft. It has a rubbish design and looks like something developed five years ago! Please for your own health use Microsoft Internet Explorer, you won't regret it, but you will regret netscape if you have used both browsers.

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            04.08.2000 12:48

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            i've seen many an isp, and i must say, from the many, MANY i've seen, Netscape is the best. so it's not the easiest, and it's icon's aren't extremely colorful, but there's a feature with netscape that i just love. it's called Netscape Composer. I created my whole website from Composer. you can visit my site at http://wickedwaffles.tripod.com and see how great a job Netscape did. i did get help though from Tripod.com with uploading and getting the page on the 'net. but the rest was created with my imagination and Netscape Composer. It's a great little feature i have not seen on any of the many ISP's i've seen. Now netscape isn't only great because of Composer. there's an easy to use email system, Netscape Navigator and discussion groups. lotsa features available and they're not all colorful like AOL's are. Netscape is Great.

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            28.07.2000 21:01
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            I really hate writing this, mainly because if I could slag off Microsoft then I would, however Internmet Explorer 5 is far better than Netscape. Netscape suffers from not being popular enough. When looking at certain net pages, netscape can't cope or isn't compatible. This can cause problems for the surfer, even more so for the less computer-literate among us. The plug-ins for netscape are mostly inferior to those of IE5. Although it does the job and at times does it well, I would never recommend a friend to get it over IE5 because there are no advantages.

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            14.07.2000 04:54

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            I've just installed Netscape 4.7 after being tired with the crummy Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5 crashing my computer again and again. Netscape feels much better than all of the previous versions. I think it has made my internet connection faster! Microsoft's Internet Explorer must look at this new version because it is now under threat and Netscape version 6 will beat it by a long way. It is bundled with AOL Instant Messenger which I don't think is any good, Netscape Mail which is great and Netscape Composer which is better than Microsoft Front Page Express. Netscape is starting to come back.

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            13.07.2000 03:58
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            Feeling strangled by Internet Explorer? Is Microsoft taking over your PC? Then you need Netscape to solve all your web browsing needs! Netscape is the only main rival to Internet Explorer, there are other browsers such as Opera that have their loyal fans but realistically they can't compete. Netscape has the same functionality as Internet Explorer with a well organised Bookmark section (instead of favourites) and one or two extra features. One area where Netscape gets one over on Microsoft is stability. Internet Explorer is notorious at crashing systems the length and breadth of the country, and Netscape provides a welcome stable alternative. The latest version also comes with instant messaging software from AOL (although with ICQ available I don't use it), and an e-mail client. Microsoft's Outlook holds the upper hand over Netscape's mail software though as it supports multiple accounts and is generally a lot more user friendly. Certainly for experienced Internet users Netscape is a great alternative to Internet Explorer, it's a massive download so try and get hold of an Internet or PC magazine cover CD, which usually contains Netscape Communicator for free.

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            05.07.2000 18:24

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            I've been on the internet for a good while now, and when I started there wasn't much of a choice when it came to browsers - everyone I knew used Netscape. I stayed loyal to Netscape for quite long time after Internet Explorer arrived - basically because IE just seemed to be a copy of Netscape and had no real merits of it's own. Slowly though this has changed, and even though I'm all for Microsoft not entirely taking over my PC, I've found that IE is now the superior product. It started with Outlook Express, an altogether slicker package than Netscape mail, and one that was the first free package which met all my requirements for reading mail and newsgroups. And now Microsoft's browser just seems that little bit nicer to use than Netscape's Navigator. It's only tiny things - and I dare say if Microsoft had not entered the browser arena, I'd still be quite happy with Navigator. Netscape seems a little slower than IE, it's annoying when it refuses to load the text on a page until it's loaded all the graphics, and simple things such as not being to just press enter to submit a form, but having to either tab to the submit button, or point the mouse at it. Not big faults in themselves, but when there's another free browser that is so much smoother to use, it must be time for Netscape to realise they have some competition. Netscape are promising big things from Navigator 6 (it's so good they've abandoned version 5 altogether, so they tell us), and I really would like to be able to go back to them. I just downloaded the preview version of Netscape 6. I know it's not finished yet, but being dumped out of the installation program with only an unintelligible error message and no option to either continue or remove the files already installed hasn't encouraged me to download the product when it's finished.

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            27.06.2000 06:52

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            I don't know what it is but Netscape for some reason cannot load up my page correctly or quickly. Internet Explorer has no problem at all. Netscape also seems to take a lot longer to load up. With Internet Explorer (IE), you click on the icon and almost straight away the program is loaded. With Netscape you have to which for it to load up preference, plug-ins and so on. This is very frustrating. I just hope the latet version of Netscape is better. Even so, speaking does does not help my web site.

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            26.06.2000 05:52
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            These two really are very similar but due to microsoft being the biggest software company aound it is bound to be better and it is. Almost all website as designed for IE although not always being much worse in Netscape sometimes they arn't as good. They are both free but IE gets my vote, it also gets over 95% of other net user vote. Also I far prefer outlook than netscapes rival composer which isn't anywhere near as good. Either everyone is stupid or microsoft is doing something right! Also the layout is very annoying to get used to if you have been using I E for a long time like me.

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              15.06.2000 01:59
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              I have just installed this onto my computer as I am starting a new website. The browser if you are familiar with presents no problems it is more or less the same as the previous version apart from some tweaks. The webdesigning part of this package seems much better check out my site to see some of the results. You will find some of the feature of some other wed design software but you have to pay for it. Cut and paste is a bit of a problem if you want ot download the many free java scripts from the net therefore a second editor is needed. The usual multimeda addons are included in this package which an be selected/deselected from the custom options (so you know whats excatly going on your system.) Overall a very good browser/editor

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