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#98 Mosaic/Netscape

by SubtleRebel <mark@ky.net>

Friday August 31st, 2001 3:15 PM

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I do not think it was a bad comparison.

I know that a group of the Mosaic programmers created Netscape, but so what? Other Mosaic programmers went on to create other web browsers at the same time Netscape was being developed; do you consider all of those browsers to be equivalent to Mosaic? Since you say that Mosaic did not compete for marketshare with Netscape because some of the programmers were the same, does that mean that Netscape and Mozilla will not be competing for marketshare either?

Anyway, my point was about the transitions that have occurred and the fact that it is never too late to introduce something new. The history is that Mosaic dominated until Netscape came along and then Netscape dominated until IE became a legitimate web browser. The original Netscape developers knew they could make a better browser than Mosaic and so they did and they won the market. The Microsoft developers knew if they could make a halfway decent web browser that they could use Microsoft's position to topple Netscape and they won the market. Now we have the Mozilla developers building the most feature rich, most configurable, standards compliant web browser suite ever conceived of by man, and people like strauss say that if the 1.0 release is not out by the end of the year that it will not achieve significant marketshare.

Netscape would have taken over the market even if it had come out years later because it was years before there was anything as good as what Netscape was. IE would have taken over the market even if it had come out years later because the first several releases were crap anyway and Microsoft had the power to push it.

IE is eventually going to lose its dominance on the market. I can not say for sure that Mozilla will be the next on top, but it has as good a chance as any.

Why do I say IE is going to fall?

1) Nothing stays #1 forever (at least nothing I can think of) 2) IE has never been that great and it is not really getting any better. In some ways 6.0 has gotten worse. 3) Microsoft is losing their hold on PC manufacturers. 4) Microsoft is beginning to lose their hold on the desktop market. 5) There are several web browsers under development that are better than IE in various circumstances. 6) Web surfers have very little true brand loyalty. 7) IE is only available for Windows and Mac. 8) When Microsoft's profits start dropping, development of IE is either going to take a turn for the worse (whether that means that they decrease development or they just start adding user-unfriendly features that can generate revenue) or Microsoft is going to adopt and extend the Mozilla codebase.