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Full Article Attached Update on Tree Plan for 0.9.4

Saturday August 25th, 2001

Asa Dotzler has sent in an update to what mozilla.org's plans are for the 0.9.4 milestone. Click the full article link for more info on this, and what you can do to help.


#99 Re: Mosaic/Netscape

by strauss

Friday August 31st, 2001 3:36 PM

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>> 1) Nothing stays #1 forever (at least nothing I can think of)

Coca-Cola. McDonald's. Etc.

>> 2) IE has never been that great and it is not really getting any better. In some ways 6.0 has gotten worse.

Mature products are hard to improve. They're also hard to compete with, for exactly the same reason. When everything that's genuinely useful has been added, it's hard to add something better.

>> 3) Microsoft is losing their hold on PC manufacturers.

That's not even slightly true.

>> 4) Microsoft is beginning to lose their hold on the desktop market.

Also not true, at least not in this dimension of reality. Maybe on Counter-Earth.

>> 5) There are several web browsers under development that are better than IE in various circumstances.

None in any way that seems apparent from a consumer perspective. Opera and iCab have size advantages, but having had this advantage for a while now, neither has yet reached 1% market share.

>> 6) Web surfers have very little true brand loyalty.

That's true, but developers have concern for market share, which creates network effects.

>> 7) IE is only available for Windows and Mac.

Which just happen to be the only relevant desktop operating systems for the forseeable future.

>> 8) When Microsoft's profits start dropping...

Eh?

Still waiting for someone to tell me how Mozilla is better than IE in a way that matters in the market. The only way I see for Mozilla to compete is with a push from AOL leveraging its subscriber base. And they're not about to cut IE support.