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Netscape Communicator is an Internet suite
that was produced by Netscape Communications Corporation.
Initially released in June 1997,
Netscape Communicator 4.0 was the successor to Netscape
Navigator 3.x and included more groupware features
intended to appeal to enterprises.
Netscape Communicator was available in various editions, such as
"Professional" and "Complete". The following components were
included in Netscape Communicator (different editions had different
components and some components were dropped in later editions):
In 1998, a major update to the program was released as Netscape
4.5. This included many improvements, mostly to the Messenger
e-mail client, which now also took on the features of Collabra.
However, some of the less popular components, such as Netcaster,
were dropped. A feature called 'Roaming Profiles' was added in
version 4.5 that synchronized a user's bookmarks, address book and
preferences with a remote server, so that for example a user's home
and work browsers would have the same bookmarks. By the
time version 4.5 was released, Netscape had started the Mozilla open source project and had ceased charging
The term "Navigator" referred to the browser component alone,
while "Communicator" referred to the suite as a whole, as
established in version 4.0. However, due to user confusion, the
names were often used interchangeably. Also, because none of the
applications besides Navigator were popular on their own, and
because Netscape never produced any other desktop software that
approached the popularity of Navigator, people would often refer to
both the Communicator suite and the Navigator browser as simply "Netscape". Further
complicating the matter was the fact that the command to start
Navigator in Unix was "netscape"
In November 2000, Netscape Communicator was superseded by Netscape 6, an almost
completely rewritten program based on Mozilla, or what later came
to be known as Mozilla Application Suite.
However, minor updates to Communicator continued to be issued,
culminating in the release of Netscape Communicator 4.8 in August