NewsForge's Robin Miller on Converting Outlook Users to Mozilla
Monday June 23rd, 2003
#24 Re: Security a bad argment?
Tuesday June 24th, 2003 5:32 PM
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Outlook does not come with Windows - Outlook users are generally in organisations, and generally do upgrade, or otherwise protect their systems.
Outlook Express is what there are a lot of home users out there that haven't upgraded, but the proportion is dropping.
The big viruses of the past few months are not just Outlook/Outlook Express exploits, they rely on the user opening them (which is actually easier in Mozilla than in recent Microsoft clients), and then pick up email addresses from various places on the hard drive, including Mozilla/Netscape address books.
Yes, the security sucked, but it doesn't any more. No, it should have been preinstalled in that crappy config, but it isn't any more. If we're trying to get people to move _now_, and they haven't bothered to upgrade their existing client, then the security argument isn't going to do it.