Communications Corp. announced Thursday that it is shipping versions of
its Netscape Communicator 4.5 in seven additonal languages, on the heels of
its English release last month.
Localized versions in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Swedish and
Japanese are available for download. Netscape estimates about 50 million
Internet users around the world speak one of those languages. In
combination with the English release, the new versions will reach 91
percent of the Internet’s current worldwide user base.
The seven localized versions of Communicator 4.5 fully integrate with the
new Netscape International Netcenter portal sites. In addition, all
versions of the software provide support for Euro currency.
The company is developing additional localized versions for Greek, Polish,
Romanian, Finnish, Czech, Slovak, Norwegian, Maori and other languages.
Netscape’s Universal Localization Program enables users to customize
Communicator into almost any language or dialect and distribute it for
free. For more information about this program, see the Mozilla
site. Netscape said that the Universal Localization Program has already
produced localized releases of Netscape Communicator in Korean, Hawaiian,
Spanish and Catalan.
“The release of Netscape Communicator client software into eight languages
in such a short time represents a new milestone for Netscape,” said Bob
Lisbonne, senior vice president of Netscape’s client software. “It
demonstrates our commitment to providing the best possible online
experience for the growing numbers of Internet users worldwide.”