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Netscape Smartmarks and Netscape Chat Offer New Navigation and Communications Capabilities to Netscape Navigator

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Netscape Smartmarks and Netscape Chat Offer New Navigation and Communications Capabilities to Netscape Navigator

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Netscape communications Corporation has introduced Netscape SmartMarks and Netscape Chat, two applications designed to make Internet navigation and communications even easier for users of Netscape Navigator software. Their public beta versions for the Microsoft Windows operating environment are now available for downloading from Netscape's home page.

The two new products are among the first commercial applications built upon the Netscape Client Application Programming Interface (NCAPI). Netscape SmartMarks enables Netscape Navigator users to easily collect, organize, and monitor their favorite Internet addresses. Netscape Chat allows both novice and experienced Internet users to participate to real-time chat forums using Netscape Community System software or industry standard Internet Relay Chat (IRC).

Netscape SmartMarks comes pre-configured with yahoo's "top 350" web sites, organized by popular categories such as sports, entertainment, or news. It allows users to monitor their favorite Internet addresses or URLS (Universal Resource Locators) and to efficiently organize them into customized desktop folders. SmartMarks also provides for monitoring, which automatically checks user-specified Web pages for updates and notifies the user on page or link changes; for easy management of large amounts of bookmarks through a hierarchical folder interface; for point-and-click search capabitities for popular Internet directories; for informative bulletins, allowing Web site authors to automatically deliver new information to their customers; and for advanced organization features that enable users to import existing Netscape Navigator bookmarks, add custom descriptions and comments to bookmarks, define category folders, and drag and drop bookmarks from folder to folder. …

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