Associated Press Review of Mozilla 1.0
Monday June 24th, 2002
MSNBC is carrying a review of Mozilla 1.0 from the Associated Press. The article states that Mozilla 1.0 is "mature and compares favorably with the latest versions of the three most popular Web browsers: Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6.0, Netscape 7.0 and Opera 6.0." The reviewer believes that Mozilla is good enough to draw people away from Internet Explorer but concludes that "most users will find it easier simply to go with what Microsoft provides."
#1 seems a fair conclusion
Tuesday June 25th, 2002 6:10 AM
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Nice that they explicitly link ms domination with IE to their monopoly position, especially since msnbc is a partner of MS. The conclusion that most user won't bother upgrading seems fair to. Aside from technology aware users, few are going to bother upgrading to a software package that essentially does the same as what they already have.
That being said, I think Mozilla will have a gradually growing group of users. It's a good product and user exposure will only improve it. Personally I hope Mozilla developers will start looking into usability issues. There are many minor issues with naming and placement of menu options, contents of pop-up menus, key bindings, drag and drop, dialogs, etc. There's room for lots of improvements in that area.