The Communicator download is free from Netscape's site but it's a trial.The real thing costs about $30. Communicator is a powerful tool offeringusers not only web browsing, but almost any tool you need to work on thenet.
"It's beyond just tools like a toaster or a microwave," says KarenBluestein of Ventana Communications Group. "It's really a sense ofcommunity and the way to get specific information that you may be lookingfor.
Search engines are a click away and you can customize them. E-mail andnewsgroups come up in a personal message center. Want to make your ownweb page? Bring up "composer", a wizard, and follow the simpleinstructions. You get Navigator 4.01, the newest version which is fastand has new features.
Communicator and Navigator have a different look and plenty of toolbarbuttons. You can also get Netcaster. Choose for yourself sites you wantto visit and they're automatically updated.
"It's almost like pre-setting certain TV channels that you want to see,"says Bluestein, who oversees publications about Netscape.
Set up is easy. If you're online a lot and want to keep up with what'sgoing on this is a cool way to do it. Even if you really like yourMicrosoft Internet Explorer, downloading Communicator and having a littlefun with it is worth the time.
A new edition of Internet Explorer, also called 4.01, is due to go publicsoon. This browser battle is a donneybrook with huge money as stake. Netscape leads now, but some observers say they'll lose unless they begin giving their products away free, like Microsoft does.