'The Guardian' Recommends Mozilla Firebird/Thunderbird, Criticises Mozilla Development Decisions

Thursday July 10th, 2003

Ian Deeley and A Wood both wrote in to tell us that today's edition of The Guardian, the UK broadsheet newspaper, features a column by Jack Schofield that recommends Mozilla Firebird and Mozilla Thunderbird. The article states that "Mozilla's Firebird browser and Thunderbird standalone mail software could make Microsoft's offerings look very shabby indeed." The bulk of the rest of the feature critically examines Netscape's and's browser development decisions (it is particularly damning of the team's cross-platform aspirations) and discusses Microsoft's plans to abandon development of the standalone version of Internet Explorer. Readers of the print edition of The Guardian can find the column on page 22 of the Life/Online supplement.

#6 The truth Can Be Uncomfortable Sometimes

by TonyG <>

Thursday July 10th, 2003 4:18 PM

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The truth is cross platfrom wasnt and isnt a viable proposition from a "business" point of view. That is of course if the business you are in is Market share of course...

The business of making a browser the way it should be and in the spirit on the 'net is of course a different business altogether.

Tired arguemnts from the Guardian - but an interesting assertion at the end. It wouldn't take long to get people off IE. My experience is that right now, its easy to get users off IE onto Mozill/NS7.2 if you can get em to look at it. Moz1.4 wins hands down and has nothing to detract from it being the best browser out there.

Be nice if the opportunity afforded by MS declaring IE to be stagnant was used effectively to do some "business" and eat its market share up like the ripe block of cheese that it is.