Navigating with Netscape

A sample page from a 1995 Netscape manual

Amazing what you find when you move desks! One of my colleagues turned up this manual for Netscape Navigator from 1995.

Twenty years ago, Netscape was the standard web browser installed on computers at Sussex. That’s if you were lucky enough to have a browser at all. They weren’t installed by default – you had to specifically request it and web browsing was sometimes regarded as a frivolous use of computing power.

Despite its popularity, Netscape almost completely disappeared a few years later when Microsoft began including a new web browser called Internet Explorer in all new copies of Windows. But something of Netscape’s DNA lives on – its source code formed the basis of the Mozilla project which, in 2002, produced the first version of Firefox.

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