News came out over the weekend that AOL was killing Netscape Navigator. This one hits home for a certain age group, i.e. mine, since for many people, Netscape Navigator was the first window into the Interwebs.
Even as recently as 2000, when Netscape 6 was introduced, the browser had cool new features, e.g. tabs, that are now the mainstay of every browser from IE to Firefox and all the others. Ironically, the success of Mozilla, spun off from Netscape in 1998, and specifically Firefox, probably accelerated the demise of the granddaddy of all browsers.
Yeah, I know it’s not the primogenitor of browsers, that would be Mosaic, which was the first browser I used. However, Navigator was a nostalgic relic, and it reminds me of the Bubble and of the powerhouse companies that roamed the Valley then. It’s sad to see the end of an era.
What was your first browser?