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The Gecko engine promises lightning-fast page rendering. While I found some pages loaded more quickly, it remained inconsistent. We didn't put Gecko to any formal tests with this release, but in quick trials I found Netscape 6 wasn't faster than Internet Explorer or Communicator on many pages.

With Netscape 6 Preview Release 2, Netscape primarily focused on rounding out the feature set, Goldfarb says. "For Preview Release 3, we'll work on enhancing stability and fixing bugs," he adds.

Meanwhile, Netscape continues to update the Communicator family now on version 4.74 (there will not be a Version 5). Perhaps with the final release of Netscape 6 due later this year, Netscape will deliver the revolutionary Gecko browser it has promised.

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