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The web browser that was my first experience of the web is set to disappear. Netscape Navigator, now owned by AOL, will no longer be supported after 1 March 2008.

In the mid-1990s, as the web turned from a geek tool to a business tool, the browser was used by more than 90% of people online. Now it is 0.6% as other browsers such as Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) and Firefox have eroded its user base. Quite a visionairy product at the time. …Let’s turn a command line interface like Gopher into a graphical one.

Another product forced into retirement by Microsoft.

I don’t believe AOL actually bundled the Navigator with its offering.

The man behind the product Marc Andreessen, has invested in Digg and Twitter which aren’t really on the same scale as Netscape.

Who would have thought a product like this would make it perfectly normal to meet people on line and have a bunch of friends who I’ve never met!