Netscape Navigator - Computer Definition
A Web browser featuring simultaneous image loading and continuous documentstreaming speed performance.The software was developed at Netscape Communications Corp. by a team led by Marc Andreessen, the creator of the original Mosaic browser, and was first commercially available in late 1994. Netscape Navigator subsequently was packaged in the Netscape Communicator application software suite and lost its individual identity. In 1998, Netscape began work on an open source version known as Mozilla. In 1999, Netscape was acquired by America Online (AOL), which packaged Netscape software as part of AOL service. See also browser, Mosaic, Mozilla, software, and Web.
An earlier Web browser for Windows, Macintosh and X Windows from Netscape Communications Corporation that provided secure transmission over the Internet. Soon after its introduction in 1994, Navigator, or just plain "Netscape," as it was commonly called, quickly became the leading browser on the Web. As of Version 6.0, the Navigator name was dropped, and February 1, 2008 was its last update. Initially a paid product, Netscape was forced to give Navigator away after Microsoft launched its Internet Explorer (IE) browser as a free program. Soon after, Microsoft integrated IE into the Windows 98, and it quickly became the primary Web browser. Web Site Ratings and Integrated Toolbars In 2005, Netscape 8.0 was introduced for Windows with a Web site rating system that warned users of suspicious sites. For trustworthy sites, it rendered pages using Internet Explorer technology, but for dubious sites, pages were displayed in Gecko, the rendering engine used in Firefox. Version 8.0 integrated toolbar buttons for weather, movies, stocks and other information, and a Webmail button could be configured to go to the user's Web-based e-mail accounts. It also let family members have their own and settings. See Netscape.