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Slashot notes that the Netscape 8 Beta has been released to the public.

Ironically, though the release is said to focus on security and protecting user privacy it still uses Firefox 1.0 as its foundation, rather than the more-secure 1.0.1 release. As well, the new Netscape is only available for Microsoft Windows, since one of its primary features is the ability to use Trident, the Internet Explorer for Windows rendering engine, as well as Gecko.

The ability to use multiple rendering engines isn’t entirely novel; the Maxthon shell for IE/Win has uses Trident by default, but allows one to switch to Mozilla’s Gecko rendering engine via the Mozilla ActiveX control.

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