Editors' Note: No longer officially supported; see http://blog.netscape.com/2007/12/28/end-of-support-for-netscape-web-browsers/ for details.
Those Mac users who don't like using Safari may want an alternative. Netscape X for Mac is a solid option that performs well with all of the features expected of a good Web browser. The problem isn't with the program or how it works, it's actually a message from the publisher.
The browser is available fully functional for free. Netscape X for Mac downloaded quickly, but acceptance of a lengthy user agreement was required to use the application. Once the program starts, it gives the user the option to import all presets and bookmarks from their primary browsers, whether it is Safari, Explorer, or Firefox, which is a very useful option. The default home page can also be set from the prior browser. Once the program started, the browser windows and controls are similar to those of other major programs. The control buttons were well designed and performed well. The Web pages selected for testing rendered well without any errors. Unfortunately, the program alerts the user after a short time that support stopped for it in 2008 and recommends users upgrade to Firefox or Flock browsers. Links are even provided to the Web pages for each. The lack of technical support is a major deficiency in an era of increasing security and changing format standards.
While functional and well designed, Netscape X for Mac's lack of support into the future means it is not the best option when it comes to browsing alternatives.
Netscape Navigator 9.0 is a browser-only release. It does not contain an e-mail client, newsgroup reader, or HTML composer. Users of the Netscape 7.x suite may choose not to install Netscape Navigator 9 to avoid the loss of these features. You can have the best of both worlds by keeping Netscape 7.x installed for mail and news and installing Navigator 9 for browsing the Web.
What's new in this version:
- Security fixes included in Mozilla Firefox 126.96.36.199 have been included in Netscape Navigator 188.8.131.52.
- An add-on has been included in this version to help users migrate to either Flock or Firefox
- The WeatherBug add-on has been removed from this version of Navigator.