On a post on Netscape blog, Tom Drapeau, AOL's director of the Netscape brand, announced that AOL will end support and development for the Netscape Browser. Support will continue for the current version of the browser, Netscape 9, by releasing patches or security fixes until February 1, 2008. After that date, all development will stop and there will be no more active product support for the browser.

Originally released in 1994 during the nascent days of the web, Netscape Navigator was the underdog contender in the "browser wars" of the late 1990s, when it faced stiff competition from Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser. Netscape released its browser's source code and created the Mozilla project in 1998. AOL then acquired Netscape in 1999.

AOL's Drapeau recommends for the nostalgic users to download Mozilla Firefox, and add on the Netscape's theme and extensions pack for Firefox.

As of February 1st, 2008, Netscape will continue to serve as a general usage Internet portal.

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