More On Gecko Partnerships
Thursday March 23rd, 2000
The second piece discusses Microsoft's bid to hold on to their dwindling share in the wireless and handheld markets, and it also mentions the Gecko partnership announcements.
Netscape seems to be making a major push to get Gecko out of the desktop and into a wider market. And the support of IBM, Sun, Nokia, Intel, RedHat and others seems to indicate that their efforts are paying off. But it's also important to note that these firms are not just paying lip-service for the sake of a press release. Many of them are actively contributing developers to Mozilla -- IBM with bidirectional text support, Intel with disk cache work, Sun with Java enablement, RedHat with developer support for Mozilla's Linux port.
What will be the repercussions of the Gecko partner announcement? I believe Netscape's foray into new platforms and devices through these partnerships will mean more visibility for Mozilla, and a greater push from the Internet developer community to realize a Web in which standards compliance and interoperability take their rightful place as the driving force behind client-side development. Because of Mozilla's strong XML support, we will also see a greater shift towards XML-based computing in the form of more business to business transactions, desktop to handheld migration, and remote application development (in which XUL will play a major role). With partners such as IBM, Sun, and Intel working together to enhance and extend Mozilla and at the same time pushing hard for interoperability across device platforms, we have a good shot at having a Web that can actively counter any monopolistic forces that appear. And with the new playing field of handheld devices, Mozilla will have a significant role in what is clearly the next phase of Internet expansion.
#3 Not sure if they'll work...
Thursday March 23rd, 2000 12:16 PM
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