Ars Technica Review of Mozilla 1.0

Wednesday July 31st, 2002

No fewer than six people wrote in to tell us about Ars Technica's in-depth review of Mozilla 1.0. As well as rating the Windows version of Mozilla, the article also examines the success of the Mozilla project as a whole. When looking at the product, Gecko was highly praised but Navigator and Mail & Newsgroups came in for criticism. However, the review is much more positive about the Mozilla project, declaring it as "nothing less than a resounding success."

#16 Mail, etc.

by PaulB <>

Thursday August 1st, 2002 11:53 AM

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I wish that the reviewer had omitted his review of anything beyond the browser. IMHO his comments on Mail come accross as if he hadn't bothered to use Mail.

"Mail has a host of functionality problems. For example, it includes an almost useless Local Folders account (which you cannot remove) that apparently is meant to be able to be a central repository for drafts/sent mail for your various accounts. The problem is, it does not remember which account a message came from. Each individual account you create will have its own versions of the same folders in Local Folders."

I never had the impression that the Local folder was a central repository as he claims. Each account has its own repositories for "Sent" and Unsent" messages. His comments here sound like an afterthought as if he submitted the story to an editor and was told to go back and finish the review of the entire browser suite, not just Navigator. He did a good job reviewing Navigator, but definitely came accross to me in the crappy review of Mail as having never seriously used the applicationfor anything other than openning the app and viewing menus and account folders. Did he ever use it? If not he should have kept his comments to himself.