Netscape unveils new Navigator functionality

Netscape Communications has announced a round of software releases intended to expand the functionality and operating system reach of the company's flagship Navigator browser.

The company has announced Navigator Gold Personal Edition, which adds WYSIWYG editing and World Wide Web publishing capabilities to the 2.0 version of Navigator Personal Edition, say officials of the Mountain View, California-based company.

Aimed at users who want to not only browse the Web but also contribute to it, this Gold version includes tools for creating personal Web pages and the capability to post text, links, and images by pushing a button, they say. Scheduled for availability during the third quarter in retail channels, Navigator Gold Personal Edition will be priced at US$79.95.

Netscape has also announced a Macintosh version of Navigator Personal Edition 2.0. Also scheduled for third-quarter release, the browser will be priced at US$49.95.

The company has upgraded Netscape Power Pack for Windows, a bundle of applications that work with the company's browser. Version 2.0, scheduled for release later this month, will be priced at US$39.95 and will include 15 Navigator plug-ins that add functionality such as audio, animation, video, and graphics, officials say.

The products are currently available for evaluation by downloading at Netscape's Web site at http://www.netscape.com

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