AOLTW Announces Sony Pact

Tuesday November 13th, 2001

Normally we wouldn't mention this, except there was a key quote that we thought should be highlighted in the press release:

* The joint development of an Internet browser designed for optimal performance, a consistent experience, and greater convenience on networked consumer electronic devices. Both companies envision not only employing the browser in future Sony products but also making it available to other consumer electronics manufacturers.
Could we soon see Mozilla on Sony devices like the Playstation or other pc based devices?

#57 Maybe....

by pkb351 <>

Saturday November 17th, 2001 3:50 PM

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I wonder if mozilla's popularity for projects such as this one is why Microsoft finally dropped "Netscape style" plug-in support. Microsoft may now be realizing that it cannot compete by producing a better browser and many develpers (both software and Web) are realizing the value of developing to standards, so they cannot defeat competitors by incorporating proprietary standards. What is left to "cut off the air supply": plu-ins. If developers drop Netscape plu-ins in favour of Windows specific active X Microsoft believes they can once again "cut off Netscape's air supply."

I view this as a recogniction by Microsoft of the threat they feel comming from Mozilla/Netscape (and other browsers). IE is nolonger the only viable competitor and many people and companies are now looking for alternatives to Microsoft and all its security issues abd viruses.