The dominating World Wide Web browser during the first years of the commercial Internet-from about 1994 to 1997, until Internet Explorer hit the screens-it was developed by Marc Andreessen, based on the Mosaic browser. Netscape remains a favorite among many Web users.
In addition to being a Web browser, this software program also allows Gopher, FTP, and Telnet access, as well as e-mail and newsgroup retrieval and management. Many companies use Netscape server software to create Web pages, and this is why you may see statements such as "best viewed with Netscape Navigator" on some sites.
The program is available for all platforms and is considered capable of displaying graphics faster and more smoothly than other browsers. Netscape has released subsequent versions of the browser, including Netscape Communicator.
NetLingo Classification: Net Software
Subscribe to Word of the Day - Email this Definition to a Friend