Weekend Discussion

Friday March 3rd, 2000

This weekend's discussion: What keeps you interested in Mozilla, and what expectations do you have?

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#71 My opinion on integration and UI

by Quelish

Sunday March 5th, 2000 11:10 AM

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Personally, I like that IE and Outlook express are two different programs (or at least two different executables). I have always hated how Netscape deals with mail. I have to load the browser if I want to view my mail. And we ALL know how long NS 4.x takes to load. It's a pain in the a$$!!

Outlook Express has Netscape mail beat hands down right now, I'll give Microsoft that much. I love how you can access multiple accounts and news all from the same folder list. I also love that I can customize the interface out the wazzoo and decide what buttons appear and where they appear. Oh yeah, the fact that it supports multiple POP3 accounts puts it ahead of NS 4.x right away. The only downside to OE is the lack of security. But despite that, it loads fast (MUCH faster than NS mail) and is extremely usable.

Another big beef of mine with NS is how it does not correctly handle mailto: links in Windows. Clicking any mailto: link in NS launches their own mail client, not the MAPI registered client. Man I really hope Moz fixes this problem.

The way I see it, if I want to browse the web, I use a web browser. If I want to read Email, I use an Email reader. I don't want to load the browser to read my Email and vice-versa. The key is that the two work together properly: If I get an Email with HTML, it uses the browser's engine to show the message. If I click a mailto: link in the browser, it launches my registered Email client. This gives me a choice of which Email client I want to use and which browser I want to use, and not worry about having to load one all the time if I want to use the other. Yes, that takes away from the immediate ability to have your browser check your Email for you, but that's a minor feature if you ask me. How hard is it to leave your Email program running anyways? Besides, it goes back to the issue that I don't want to load my browser to find out that I have new mail -- I'd rather just load my mail program.

A quite note on the issue of bookmarks: I hate how IE deals with favorites. What a terrible implementation!! I LOVE that I can drag links into my bookmark list and organize it on the fly. As long as Moz keeps this feature in then boomarks will always be better than favorites.