The Netscape 8.0 Beta browser
was released on 2005-03-03. I've tried it a bit and must say that it's not as
bad as expected.
I won't use it myself. But this could be the right alternative for people who
still use the Internet Explorer. Some of them still only know two browsers: Netscape
and Internet Explorer. And with its very nice security features Netscape 8.0 really hits
the nerve of many frustrated IE users who are still afraid to upgrade.
One thing really bothers me: Unknown websites are displayed with the Gecko
rendering engine (Display
like Netscape). As soon as you say you trust this website this is switched
to the IE engine (Display
like Internet Explorer). You can customize this, but I don't
think the typical Netscape user would do that. When a webpage uses CSS and is rendered
fine in Netscape, it could look ugly or unusable after you switch to I Trust This Site. :-(