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Netscape 6.0 and 6.1 Busted
Netscape Navigator 6.0
Member Name: cjames5
Netscape Navigator 6.0
Date: 13/08/01, updated on 13/08/01 (31 review reads)
Advantages: Nice layout, Feature Rich
Disadvantages: Poor Java Encription, Memory Overload, Conflicts with IE
Recently I downloaded both Netscape versions of their new program, 6.1 and 0. Both did not do the job as well as the Communicator series. Too bad because Netscape has a solid browser line in he Communicator series.
The question begs to be asked what the heck happened in 6.0 and 1.? The answer lies in the way the program is constructed. Netscape 6.0 and one are built with out the proper java appelets, this is a real problem in 6.0 where he Java is outdated. In 6.1 the user can choose from a non Java browser or the Java, Netscape recommends installing the non Java, an odd suggestion in the light that this program is meant to surf the web and many sites if not all sites on the web are now constructed with Java. So why on earth would anyone select a non Java browser?
Another problem with the browser is it's dependancy on memory. Both versions take up a lot of the memory and can and in my experience did cause my system to crash. Another big headache is the fact that seems to mess Internet Explorer up as well. It almost appears as if these two comapnies are out to wreck each others browsers. Not a fair tactic.
There are some plus sides to this program, the skins are very good looking and the menus are well laid out. I also found that setup was comparable with Explorers and that is also a bonus.
I would definatly say that the new program is in need of further developing. I'd say that users need to look at the program as a beta version, download with caustion.
In short Netscapes 6.1 and 0 is in need of some retooling in:
1. Java incorporation in the browser as opposed to leaving it seperate.
2. lessoning of load on memory and disk space.
3. Uniqueness not trying to outdo IE but rather building a broswer that will scream different effective and good looking.
Hopefully we'll see improvements in the next version until then as I said earlier download this software with caution.