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.

#28 Mozilla mops the floor with IE on features

by asa <>

Tuesday July 29th, 2003 6:24 PM

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"there is nothing that I can do with Mozilla that I cannot do with other browsers/email clients, sometimes better."

You can do all of this with IE? <> Funny, I looked around and couldn't find a website where I could download 100 extensions to make IE better than it currently is. But leaving aside extensibility (which I happen to think is a killer feature) you can open multiple tabs in IE? You can bookmark groups of pages in IE? You can block pop-ups in IE? You can disable statusbar text or window moving/resizing? You can zoom text specified in pixels in IE? You can block images in IE? You can easily search selected text in IE? You can select from any of hundreds of search engines within the IE search capability? Type ahead find works in IE?

There's lots you can't do in IE. Mozilla and Firebird have IE beat to the ground on killer features. It's not "just another browser". It's a browser that mops the floor with IE on features. If it was better in every conceivable way, though, it is still at a distinct distribution disadvantage in that everyone already has IE installed on the machine they purchased and IE is _minimally_ sufficient for most people.