The package is part of Netscape's ongoing effort to shift its revenue focus to server and development products. One focus of its product line is the "extranet," a term Netscape has popularized to describe a company's hybrid public-private network, as secure as an intranet but open to selected customers or business partners.
The company recently hired Randy Favero as vice president of professional services to bolster the company's effort to be a better solution provider and integrator. Favero in September told CNET's NEWS.COM that his division could grow to 600 people by the end of next year but wouldn't challenge established systems integrators any time soon.
Company executives indicated yesterday that Netscape might be slowing its product cycles down and worrying less about the features "arms race." Some industry observers feel fierce competition, especially in the Internet software market, has pressured companies to ship buggy products adorned with superfluous bells and whistles.
"Customers are saying they want us to be a true enterprise supplier, with less focus on features and more on quality," said Rick Fleischman, group product manager for Netscape tools.