NewsForge's Robin Miller on Converting Outlook Users to Mozilla

Monday June 23rd, 2003

marcoos writes: "'Friends don't let friends use Outlook Express,' writes Robin Miller on NewsForge. So, what's the solution? Yes, Mozilla Mail&News."

#33 You are correct

by bheerssen

Thursday June 26th, 2003 9:04 AM

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Security arguments will not wash with people who use the default Outlook Express installation. These people either do not care, are ignorant of the alternatives, or do not have the confidence/ability to install the alternatives.

The way I see it, the only way that Mozilla Mail/News will make any headway in the mainstream markets is to convince OEMs to bundle their product with Mozilla Mail/News by default. Unfortuanately, MS is still engageing in the types of anti-competive practices that discourage such default installations. This is where, IMO, we should be directing our efforts.

If HP, Dell, or Gateway were to install Mozilla Mail/News as the default email client instead of Outlook Express, we would definitely see this situation improve. So, if anyone has any insights on how to accomplish that, speak up - we sure could use some ideas in that dept.

Of course, the problem with that is that MS insists that Outlook Express and Internet Explorer are set up as the default email client / web browser. I can't presume to know the details of these arrangements, but I suspect that if OEMs we to install something else to act as the default, they would risk losing their contracts with MS, thereby forcing them to buy OEM versions of Windows at the going market rate, or even be prohibited from installing Windows in the first place. That is significant pressure - exceedingly few people are willing to buy a PC without Windows pre-installed on it.