"Invasive EULA -- AIM"on by Jon_T
Pros Site Security Controls
Cons Invasive EULA -- Have to install AIM
Summary Didn't CNET or anyone else read the Netscape 8 EULA (End User License Agreement)?
Besides requiring to install AIM/AOL Media Player, the Netscape 8 EULA is the most invasive I have ever seen for any application.
I find it mindboggling that anyone would accept a EULA that requires you to agree that it can enter your computer at will and do anything it pleases to a computer without notifying the owner AND stating software or "tampering" can't be used to block AOL/Netscape or related 3rd party ads.
This is one application I'll never install on any of my sytems or recommend to anyone I consider a friend!
Pros Webmail, IE Engine, Multitool bars
Cons It's a beta, the skin needs work
Summary I would use this before I would use Firefox. Unlike Firefox, it renders every page properly, has a nice set of tab features and functions better overall. The secrity functions built into each tab means that every site displays exactly as you like it, not globally. The webmail integration is brilliant, making a need for an installed mail client obsolete.
Firefox doesn't handle any mail client well, not even it's own Thunderbird. Links get lost, it forgets what mail program you're using as default and after using it for a while, link clicking pretty much stops functioning. I don't know what's wrong with Firefox in that respect, but it needs fixing immediately. None of those problems have been apparent in Netscape 8 beta, so obviously the team they have working on it is aware of Ff's shortcomings.
Netscape really seems to be aware of what people are moving towards. Web based email, security (activex can be easily shut down or activated without restarting) and ease of use are all hilites of this browser.
The most interesting thing about it is the ability to use both engines. What this means is that badly coded pages can be viewed without the need to open another program (IE). To me, this is a huge step forward in browsing as we've always needed two browsers on our systems. One we like, and one we need. Netscape 8 discards that idea and renders any page perfectly.
I'd recommend this product before FireFox. The advances Netscape 8 offers over FireFox make this a clear choice.
Pros Standards Compliant, Switchable browser engine, tabbed browsing, secure, very modular
Cons comes with a ton of unnecessary defaults, no email reader.
Summary Wow! This is big departure from Netscape's previous releases. I thought 7.2 was fantastic. This blows it out of the water. I do like the fact that you can switch browser engines if a page doesn't work. I do miss email through. The 7.2 email reader is my primary reader. Of course I really couldn't tell the difference between firefox and 7.2, considering they were both pretty much the same thing with the same engine. Netscape only added a few more defaults (which really are unnecessary) They followed suit in 8.0b It still comes with a ton of unnecessary defaults that I had to go through and shut off...Honestly in the release version, I hope they keep everything off, and allow the user to turn functionality on. It's is a bit annoying. So far however NS8 hasn't given me any issues. I was able to migrate from 7.2 to 8 without any hitches, and it's faster and much more stable. How about that?
Pros I like the multiple tabs and passcard and history eraser
Cons Still has some bugs like crashing sometimes
Summary Overall, It would be my browser of choice. I have always liked Netscape over IE. I won't change now, especially with this new version.
Pros Nice interface
Cons Memory error, no worky
Summary I have been using Firefox for months and I have never had a crash. I use multitab browsing and I go to secure, non-secure, and heavily graphic and plug-in enabled sites. Firefox works like a champ. I gave NS 8 a try, and it gives me some memory error and crashes. Reminds me of the wonderful NS 6 and all of its buggery. Nice try NS, but I removed your browser and am back to trusty Firefox.