Netscape 8.0 Final Released

Netscape has released the final version of its Netscape 8 Web browser. The browser toggles between the Internet Explorer and Firefox rendering engines as needed to satisfy compatibility and safety requirements.

The revived browser is based upon Firefox 1.0.3, bundling Firefox's advanced features with a Netscape interface and many other custom enhancements such as integrated RSS feeds and Netscape portal content, as well as enhanced privacy features and a selection of optional toolbars to install.

Microsoft's Internet Explorer engine is included under the hood to provide better compatibility with Web sites that conform to IE.

Netscape 8 went beta in March, debuting several anti-phishing tools including a "Trust Rating" system that warns users of potentially dangerous sites. The Trust Rating system is made possible by Netscape blacklisting Web sites, using the presence of phishing tactics, spyware and viruses as criteria.

Security and compatibility settings will be automatically adjusted for every Web site a user visits.

"Netscape 8.0 is designed for the millions of online users who are searching for a safer and better browser. Netscape 8.0 combines the best of all worlds by automatically adjusting browser and security settings based on which sites are likely to be safe and which might be dangerous," said Netscape General Manager Jeremy Liew.

"By warning users before they visit many potentially dangerous sites, Netscape 8.0 adds an extra layer of protection to a user's computer. Netscape 8.0 also brings cutting-edge functionality right to the surface to make exploring the Web safer, easier, faster, and more entertaining."

Netscape 8 may be downloaded via FileForum.

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