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NeoPlanet Updates Browser

Alternative browser company NeoPlanet Inc. this week introduced version 5.0 of its namesake browser.

NeoPlanet is a Web environment that contains Web browsing, e-mail, instant messaging, chat, and virtual community applications. Users can personalize their browsing environment through the use of "skins" -- predefined color and layout schemes that can be applied to the overall look and feel of the software.

Version 5.0 incorporates real-time instant messaging and chat capabilities, as well as a "friends and clubs" feature that allows users to form their own public or private mini-communities with Web pages that offer message boards and chat rooms, the firm said.

"Users can now have the wealth of the Internet's content, communication and community in a single package offering freedom of customization and total ease-of-use," said Scott Benson, CEO of Valent Software, a partner in the instant messaging tool.

Two versions of NeoPlanet are available. The full version includes the instant messaging and clubs features while the "classic" version does not.

Both versions are free to download from the NeoPlanet Web site, the company said.