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.
#43 Re: unbelievable
Monday November 5th, 2001 2:00 PM
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Your tone is becoming overexcited, but I agree with what you are saying. The strategic importance of an email client is far less than that of a browser, for one thing. The economic network effects of an email client are much less than those of a browser -- an email client is not a development platform, while a browser is. And yes, there is a definite loss of focus from extra features of this type that are not critical to the core strategic mission. Finally, we have the fact that the mail/news client and the HTML editor are mediocre at best, certainly much worse than the competition, and are likely to be rejected by the market.
Imagine that the resources committed to the mail/news client and HTML editor had instead been dedicated to QA or bug fixing, and imagine what a difference that would have made to the current state of the defect curve and the core browser. A reallocation of this sort may still be necessary to eventual release of 1.0.