eWeek Predicts Mozilla will Challenge Internet Explorer

Monday July 28th, 2003

In his latest opinion piece for eWeek, Jim Rapoza tackles a favourite topic of tech columnists recently: are the Browser Wars coming back? Rapoza thinks that they are and says Microsoft's recent decision to only provide enhancements to Internet Explorer via Windows upgrades could leave an opening for alternative browsers. Mozilla, Rapoza argues, is well-placed to take advantage of this opportunity with its up-to-date and innovative technology.

#23 ok, here comes my ritual rant

by johann_p

Tuesday July 29th, 2003 2:45 PM

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I am not sure what exactly you want me to explain in more detail, but I assume it is the killer app thing. What I mean is that IMO Mozilla is not innovative (enough) from a user's perspective to be a killer app. There is nothing really that changes the way of doing things - it is just another browser, just another mail client etc. I am sure that within 5 years there *will* be a killer app that will allow people to work much more efficiently with web ressources, todos, local files, email, information ressources in a task-oriented, instead of program oriented way. Mozilla lacks even the most essential features for this. When you get an email that results in some work you want to associate a todo list with the email, a deadline, maybe appointments, you want to have a task-related collection of internet URLs as well as task-related local documents at different places associated with it, you want to keep notes, etc. Currently, you have to do each of these things redundandly(mail folder, bookmark folder, local folder etc) with different components (and in the future with different programs) in Mozilla, *even though* some of the integration would be easily doable - all the technicall stuff is here! The problem is that developers just reinvent the same old wheel instead of looking at - real - users who need to *work* with the software (as opposed to users who want their software have a nice selection of themes). Ah well ....