New Netscape embraces Firefox, IE

Firefox AND Internet Explorer!?

Apparently the new Netscape browser has a drop-down menu option to toggle between the IE rendering engine and the Gecko rendering engine. (Gecko is the rendering engine shared by Firefox, Mozilla Suite, and Netscape 7.x.)

CNET reports that the Mozilla Foundation “welcomed the release”, noting that it’s based on the pre-1.0 engine. Apparently the final release of the new Netscape browser will be upgraded to the more recent (1.0) core.

As of 8 a.m. PST Tuesday, Netscape fans were test-driving a prototype Netscape browser that runs on two different browsing engines: the Mozilla Foundation’s Gecko engine, which powers up the Mozilla, Firefox and older Netscape browsers, and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer engine, which many consider the de facto Web standard.

One great thing about Firefox is its ability to be enhanced though “extensions“. Extensions are small add-ons that add new functionality to Firefox. They can add anything from a toolbar button to a completely new feature. They allow the browser to be customized to fit the personal needs of each user if they need additional features, while keeping Firefox small to download. Of the 159 listed on the extensions site, IE View for Windows provides this same functionality, toggling between IE and Firefox rendering engines.

All this Browser Proliferation almost makes me yearn for the easy days of bi-lateral browser wars.