Netscape Communications' Communicator 4.5 software is available for free downloading at the company's Netcenter portal site.
The latest version of the client software is the first to integrate with Netcenter services, including Smart Browsing and streaming multimedia content, Netscape says. Communicator 4.5 also has enhanced email and centralised management ability for information technology departments, as well as better support for mobile users.
Netscape is also distributing RealPlayer software with Communicator 4.5. RealPlayer allows audio and video streaming via the Internet.
Netscape had previously announced that Communicator 4.5 would be "Windows-friendly," allowing users of its archrival Microsoft 's operating system to choose Netscape software as their primary Internet browser. Windows users also can choose Netcenter as the default portal site and Netscape Search as their primary search service online.
Communicator 4.5 is out now in English, with versions in French, German, Japanese, Italian, Swedish, Spanish and Dutch set for release within 30 days.
Netscape, in Mountain View, California, can be reached at http://www.netscape.com/.