New Netscape Just Firefox With IE Extension

from the whoop-de-do dept

It's not entirely clear why News.com(.com) is so excited about the fact that the latest version of the Netscape browser, while based on Firefox, also lets people view pages in IE. When you look at the details, you realize that all they did was include the "View in IE" extension as a default. "View in IE" is a basic extension that plenty of people add to Firefox, for those annoying websites that haven't yet figured out that they look awful outside of IE. It's a really small add-on, but the articles makes it sound as though this is a huge deal, creating some sort of "hybrid" browser.
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    Anonymous Coward, 30 Nov 2004 @ 10:45am

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    that extension is useful for businesses, because most businesses are using web-based software that require active X controls. It's a nice workaround, nothing more.

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    Jamie, 30 Nov 2004 @ 9:57pm

    I agree

    All day since I have read that silly news.com article I have been trying to figure out why they are hyping the new Netscape. From the pictures it looked as if there was too muc going on, it was like watching Bloomberg or CNN when you just want the news.

    I have used the "user agent switcher" extension for firefox without a problem.

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    Jorgen, 1 Dec 2004 @ 5:02am

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    The IE link is a good idea: I generally use Firefox and once in a while you meet a webpage that demands IE.

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    Kevin Benson, 1 Dec 2004 @ 6:01am

    Mike is wrong

    Mike,
    I must challenge your claim that the Netscape browser beta is just the "View in IE" extension included on top of Firefox. If you right-click a page in the Netscapre browser, you can choose "Display like Internet Explorer" and Netscape renders the page as IE, not opening a separate browser like the extension. It could not do this if it didn't use the IE engine and therefore the cNet article is right on. Your post discredits Techdirt at multiple levels and should be updated or removed.

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    Scott, 1 Dec 2004 @ 12:58pm

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    Could it be that AOL owns Netscape. The AOL browser is based on the IE engine.

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    muhkuh, 2 Dec 2004 @ 10:21am

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    no, actually theres a huge difference between ie view, and netscape, ie view just ads a link which allows you to start the page in ie, but netscape opens the page inside of netscape and renders it with ie engine, so its really integrated, nut just a pluggin which starts ie.

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    bigme, 13 Apr 2005 @ 12:30pm

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    It is cool that it renders in a tab within the current browser. The Firefox extension opens the page in an IE window seperate from your current Firefox session.

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