Netscape retires | Say goodbye to an old friend

Web icon set to be discontinued

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Netscape lost ground to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer

The browser that helped kick-start the commercial web is to cease development because of lack of users.

Netscape Navigator, now owned by AOL, will no longer be supported after 1 February 2008, the company has said.

In the mid-1990s the browser was used by more than 90% of the web population, but numbers have slipped to just 0.6%.

BBC NEWS | Technology | Web icon set to be discontinued

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