Netscape heeft in een press release laten weten dat de eerste Netscape 6 beta binnen 25 dagen uitgebracht zal worden. Tevens werd bekend gemaakt dat onder andere IBM, Intel, NetObjects, Noka, Red Hat en Sun zo lief zijn om de Gecko engine (waarop Netscape 6 is gebaseerd) in hun produkten te adopteren:
Netscape 6, the Company's next generation browser and email software, is built on the Gecko engine, resulting in a browser that enables a new generation of powerful Web applications. The new browser -- scheduled for Beta release within the next 25 days -- will take advantage of Gecko's unprecedented power and flexibility to feature:
Gecko Now Includes XUL, for More Powerful Web Applications Gecko also provides industry-leading XML support and supports XUL for rich, powerful Web applications. Netscape leads the industry in XML browser support by providing the most standards-compliant XML implementation across a variety of desktop and device platforms. Gecko now also supports XUL, an innovative open source XML technology that enables Netscape and other developers to provide a powerful and easily customizable application interface across multiple desktop platforms and devices.
- Small Size and Speed: Netscape is reversing the trend of software bloat by developing a browser that is small in size and excels in performance. Customers benefit from a small download and a fast browser, while third-party developers benefit from a compact browser engine that can be easily embedded in myriad network-ready devices.
- Services on the Net: The most interesting applications being developed today are free, Web-based services. The goal is to harness the Web for the benefit of users, and Netscape 6 will expose those services through the browser. The best recent example is Smart Browsing, which continues to improve on one simple goal: helping users to find the information they want quickly.
- Same-Time Messaging: Instant messaging with buddy lists is emerging as the next killer application on the Web. Instant messaging is popular and powerful because it enables people to communicate quickly from any distance, and notifies them when friends, family, and colleagues are online. In many cases, instant messaging is becoming a low-cost alternative to the telephone. It also brings same-time community to the Web by enabling people with common interests to participate in their own chat sessions.
- Standards Compliance: Users insist on a full-functionality Web browsing experience. Because of its full support for existing browser technologies and industry-leading support for the latest Web standards, Netscape 6 will give users access to all the power of the Web today and will unleash the potential of Web standards to build the Web applications of tomorrow.
Gecko's industry-leading implementation of Web standards provides, for the first time, enough power to build an entire software application user interface. Using these Web standards alone, developers can recreate within a Web application the entire user interface of a traditional desktop application, including pull-down menus, pop-up menus, toolbars, icons and scroll bars. XUL makes this even easier by using the standards to provide a pre-built implementation of each UI object and a compact markup for laying out the interface.