When the portal meltdown that we hear so much about eventually happens, Netscape Communications Corp wants to be one of the companies left standing. It has now launched the final phase in its overhaul to offer the essential personal services that have been offered by rivals Yahoo! Inc and Excite Inc for more than two years. My Netscape, which was launched yesterday in beta form is the final piece in the company’s so-called Project 60 initiative, during which it gave itself 60 days to come up with the kinds of technologies and services needed to command a place in the portal race (06/02/98). In addition to being accessible from the Netcenter site or directly at http://my.netscape.com, My Netscape will also be available via a button click in Communicator 4.5, the beta of which was released recently. The My Netscape button has replaced the Guide button found in previous versions of Netscape that took users to Netcenter. Netscape feels one of its other differentiators in this pretty- much homogenous space is its use of so-called weblets, programs such as a calculator and an address book available from the site. The beta will become the final version by the end of this week as the company is basically testing the load, rather than the technology, it says. This week also marks the end of the company’s fiscal year.
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