Salon on Mozilla

Tuesday March 12th, 2002

A number of people have submitted this article, and while it's not really news, it's just another example of how Mozilla is starting to win people over. This is also beneficial to the evangelism efforts going on.

#40 Re: Better than MSIE? In a few more years, maybe

by choess <>

Thursday March 14th, 2002 11:09 AM

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As this thread explodes into a war of personalities, I might as well point out a few end-user features that people do seem to like:

1) "Security/Privacy" controls seem to be easier and more convenient than IE's theoretically more powerful but practically useless "zone" interface. (IIRC, IE also lacks some of the power to disable specific Javascript events like window opening, or maybe it's buried unfindably deep in their security UI.)

2) Tabbed browsing. I don't use tabbed browsing, and from what I hear, it suffers from a number of serious usability deficiencies. People seem to like it anyway. Go figure.

3) Security. I know we have security bugs, but I've only seen one publicized exploit (cookie theft) for Mozilla. Compare with IE. And I submit that end-users *are* perceiving this; Microsoft's reputation for poor security is making its way into the mainstream media, not just BugTraq.

Of course, I'd argue that bundling will probably be enough to make the "average" end-user ignore up to, say, a 20% difference in quality, but that's another story entirely.