Netscape Navigator - Computer Definition
A Web browser featuring simultaneous image loading and continuous documentstreaming speed performance.The software was developed at Netscape Communications Corp. by a team led by Marc Andreessen, the creator of the original Mosaic browser, and was first commercially available in late 1994. Netscape Navigator subsequently was packaged in the Netscape Communicator application software suite and lost its individual identity. In 1998, Netscape began work on an open source version known as Mozilla. In 1999, Netscape was acquired by America Online (AOL), which packaged Netscape software as part of AOL service. See also browser, Mosaic, Mozilla, software, and Web.
An earlier Web browser for Windows, Macintosh and X Windows from Netscape that provided secure transmission over the Internet. Soon after its introduction in 1994, Navigator, or just "Netscape," as it was commonly called, quickly became the leading browser on the Web. Initially a purchased product, Netscape was forced to give Navigator away after Microsoft launched Internet Explorer (IE) as a free application. A couple years later, Microsoft integrated its browser into the new Windows 98, and IE soon became the overwhelming market leader. See Netscape.