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."
#3 Going with waht is already on the machine.
by PaulB <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sunday June 30th, 2002 7:03 PM
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Since this is Associated Press article is on MSNBC I found this interesting:
" As long as it works well enough, using whatever browser ships with a PC is much simpler than finding, downloading and installing alternative software. Microsoft has banked on that strategy, abusing it in the browser market, the initial trial judge in its federal antitrust case found. (MSNBC is a Microsoft-NBC joint venture.) If a court were to force Microsoft to uncouple Internet Explorer from its operating systems, Mozilla might just have a chance — especially if developers produce enough compelling add-ons to make it a must-have on Windows computers."
I believe that MSNBC choose to link to this story primarily due to the loud and clear message throughout the story: Even though Mozilla (or even NS7) is good enough to replace I.E. this will not happen since users will stay with what is already on the machine. It seems to very subtley imply that the best course for users is to use the browser that came with the machine.
I find it interesting that by linking to this story MSNBC seems to be implying (by linking to the AP review) that Microsoft is continuing to to unfairly monopolize the browser arena and provides a very intelligent solution ofr the Microsoft abuse of the browser market: "If a court were to force Microsoft to uncouple Internet Explorer from its operating systems, Mozilla might just have a chance...." I am surprized that someone in the MSNBC/Microsoft heiarchy allowed the AP review of Mozilla to be linked to on MSNBC since the story seems to favour the removal of commingled/bundled software from Windows as a solutiom to the Antitrust trial.