My impressions of Netscape 7.2:
First of all, it is essentially what I had expected it to be; which is to say a relabeled version of Mozilla 1.7 with extra odds and ends. I have been using Mozilla 1.7 for three months (since it was in Release Candidate form), so I find no surprises with Netscape 7.2's major features or rendering capability. My comments concentrate on the features in Netscape 7.2 not present in Mozilla.
One of my favorite proprietary features of Netscape is the integrated Instant Messanger accessory in the sidebar. It has changed appearance slightly since Netscape 7.02 (the last Netscape release I used extensively), but otherwise offers what I expected it to. It is capable of connecting to either the AIM or ICQ networks (although not both at the same time), and is a convenient feature, although it is slightly more limited in features than the standalone AIM or ICQ applications.
The Netscape Toolbar is the most obvious new feature at first glance. I personally find it to be of marginal use, although I think it's an interesting feature and I am extremely glad that this Netscape accessory is finally available for the browser of the same name!
I was disappointed that Netscape was the only search engine provided in the integrated Search facility by default; a quick visit to Mycroft
at mozdev.org allowed me to restore Google and other engines to the list.
Netscape ships with some third-party software, specifically "Desktop Weather by The Weather Channel," McAfee Clinic Activator, and Flash and Java plugins. I didn't install any of these; as I already had Flash and Java installed and didn't want the other two. I haven't seen any sign of the infamous Desktop Navigator as of yet...
UserAgent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Win95; en-US; rv:1.7.2) Gecko/20040804 Netscape/7.2 (ax)