Some of you may remember Holger Metzger's April fools joke last year.
About a week or two ago, I suggested the notion of the Moz Champs, as a group, pulling an April fools joke. Holger suggested we
could fake a Netscape 8.0 based on Mozilla 1.7, available for download from a top-secret BETA location only and thus make Fernando Cassia a happy man.
The IBM bit was my suggestion.
Then BAM! About a week later, Holger sends this:
Ok, guys, either Fernando is way ahead of us in the April fool's department, or it's the real deal.
He then quoted an email message Fernando sent him of the announcement.
"Wait until April 2nd" was my way not ruling anything out, while keeping the joke alive, and encouraging the notion that there is more to it. The UA spoof was done by all Champs, with hopes that someone would notice and let their imagination run wild. (At this moment, I'd like to thank Antony for setting up the SillyDog Message Centre to display each poster's UA.
Then Jay got confirmation from AOL.
Folks...The announcement is true
It was just bad timing.
The Netscape version number is unknown. Right now it looks like it will be based on Mozilla 1.7, who's final release has been pushed back to mid-May.
UserAgent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7b) Gecko/20040316