Mail/News Performance Effort Underway
Friday November 2nd, 2001
Seth Spitzer today sent an update out about what the Mail/News team is doing to meet their goals for Mozilla 1.0. They'll be focusing almost 100% of their effort for at least the next two milestones (0.9.7, 0.9.8) on Footprint and Performance of the various parts of Mail, News, and Addressbook. Not only will they be focusing on it, they'll also be locking down their part of the tree and only accepting performance or footprint fixes. Very few exceptions will be made. Click the Full Article link to see Seth's full post.
Monday November 5th, 2001 1:41 PM
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It's guaranteed that a group focused on making a browser or a group focused on making a mail client is going to have better results than a group developing both (and news, and edit, and chat, etc. etc.). The benefit of a combined browser/email client is almost zero. All that needs to happen is for a mailto link to open up a compose window in your default email client. If the email client wants to use gecko, fine. The task switching shouldn't be an issue. IE and Outlook are separate programs and the switching between them is more than OK.
If AOL ever switches to Moz, they won't use anything beyond Gecko. And they simply won't be able to switch to it until it's at parity with IE. Since getting bundled in AOL would be a massive, massive victory, I'm surprised they would risk it by not focusing on Gecko only.