February 23, 2003

Netscape 7.02 Released

I somehow missed the announcement of this, but Netscape/AOL released the Netscape 7.02 update last week (Linux/Mac/OS X/Win).

Enhanced security and Improved stability have become common refrains from browser release notes; also noted is the Windows installer bundling of both a new version of the Java 1.4.0_03 plug-in, although it kept the 1.4.0_01 install on my WinXP Home machine, and the latest Flash Player, version 6.0r65, which addresses the evil bitmap shifting bug. Oddly, there doesn't appear to be a Flash bundling with the OS X version of Netscape 7.02, and inexplicably the Classic Mac version is bundled with Flash Player 6.0r29!

If you are new to the Netscape 7 experience, you may want to check out my Netscape 7 Report and my notes on the Netscape 7.01 update.

Sadly, Mac and Linux users still see pages with transparent backgrounds printed as black.

For enquiring minds:
Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X; en-US; rv:1.0.2) Gecko/20030208 Netscape/7.02

Posted by Lewis Francis at February 23, 2003 6:34 PM

Regarding the installation of the Java 1.4.0_03 plug-in on Windows: unlike the behavior I reported on my WinXP Home box, the 7.02 installer updated the Java plug-in on all my office WinXP Pro NS 7.x installations. YMMV, heads up, etc.

Posted by: Lewis Francis at February 24, 2003 9:58 AM
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