Weekend Discussion

Friday March 24th, 2000

Time for another weekend discussion. The question this weekend:

What do you feel is an appropriate level of integration between a browser and an Operating System? And at the other end of the spectrum, what are your feelings about Mozilla's cross-platform approach?

#66 IE Mac doesn't really count as an IE, I'm afraid

by Kovu <>

Monday March 27th, 2000 12:34 PM

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IE Mac falls outside the Windows-dominant machine that is Windows IE. Mac IE is a completely separate program from Windows IE, with different goals in mind, etc. And MS's Mac division is just a cute little pet of the main company to appease the evil deals MS made with Apple to try and show some semblance of competition in the market. Since the Mac team isn't part of trying to rule the world, in short, it isn't surprising that the Mac software MS puts out is actually pretty good software (and it also isn't surprising that software comes out at least a year AFTER the Windows versions, either, though that's not the Mac team's fault).

But all those interfaces should be possible, and easier accomplished, with Mozilla. And I'd like to see someone REALLY take that Mac IE through the W3C wringer and THEN see where it comes out against Mozilla. I sincerely doubt it gets a 95% plus on CSS1, much less an 80% plus on CSS2. Anyone?

In any case, Mac IE will never be a real threat to Mozilla. Mac people may not want to admit it, but if every single Mac user used IE it wouldn't matter a hill of beans in the main market. There just aren't that many Mac users out there in comparison to Windows/Linux. Judge Jackson discounted Mac and Linux as insufficient to show any real competition to Windows and I fully agree. Not that Amiga isn't less of a market, don't get me wrong, but IE Mac will still never be a threat to Mozilla.