Two other holes recently acknowledged, including one that permitted a file-stealing trick, and another that exposed a variety of private data, were not entered into Netscape's bug system (known within the company as "Bugsplat") in time for today's release. Netscape said it would fix these two in a subsequent update.
One new feature now effective for Communicator version 4.06 and higher lets users get stock quotes directly from the browser's address bar. Dubbed "Quotes Anywhere," the feature lets users type the word "quote" and a stock ticker symbol in the address bar to pull up a results page from the Netcenter Finance channel.
Netcenter, Netscape's portal site, hosts the databases that power Communicator's "Smart Browsing" features, which let users perform search queries directly from the address bar rather than a traditional engine and find related sites through Communicator's "What's Related" button.
Quotes Anywhere is a new example of how Netscape is using its browser to drive traffic to Netcenter. With the feature, Communicator users inclined to save a step may wind up using Netcenter's stock quotes rather than those of a competing portal or investor site.
Version 4.51 also comes with America Online's Instant Messenger software version 2.0, which has group chat capabilities.
AOL is poised to buy Netscape pending a Netscape shareholder vote March 17 and a green light from the Justice Department (DOJ). Netscape's support for Instant Messenger long predates the two companies' merger talks.