Netscape cancels Pure Java Communicator

With mounting financial problems causing Netscape Communications to focus more tightly on its core products, the company announced on Friday that it was canceling plans for a Pure Java version of the Communicator suite. Netscape had already cancelled all in-house Java API development. Still, the company has numerous new product releases in the coming months.

Netscape VP Marc Andreessen says that a next-generation version of its SuiteSpot servers, code-named "Apollo," is still on track. And the company will release beta versions of its Communicator and Navigator 5.0 clients by March. The 5.0 releases will include free source code for any developer wishing to integrate Netscape clients into their own products.

Curiously, Netscape is going ahead with plans to produce a Java-only version of Navigator dubbed "Javagator.

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