PC World heeft een artikel gepost over Communicator 5.0, de browser die Netscape weer terug naar de top moet brengen. Het complete pakket is slechts 5Mb groot en zal dankzij de Gecko engine 10 tot 20% sneller zijn bij het renderen van pagina's:
Communicator 5.0 will be "groundbreaking," says Eric Krock, senior product manager for Netscape Communicator. He says Communicator 5.0 will restore Netscape's market share by offering speed, a smaller size, services, support for standards, and chat functions.
Netscape representatives would offer few specifics. However, they did confirm that Communicator 5.0 will support Extensible User Interface Language, or XUL. XUL lets developers use common Web building languages rather than computer coding languages to create a browser's graphical user interface, including menu items, buttons, and the address bar.
[...] Just as the Mosaic browser revolutionized the Web in 1993, today the focus is instant messaging and tomorrow we'll want entirely new standards, such as XML, Krock says. Netscape is positioning Communicator as a window to hundreds of Web-based applications.
[...] Reports suggest that Netscape has folded the America Online instant messaging client directly into a new left-hand pane of the browser interface, but the company won't confirm that new look. However, Netscape partner Net2Phone says its voice-over-Internet-protocol service is a featured "button" on the browser.