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.

#44 Why Mozilla has a good shot this time around

by YFan

Tuesday July 29th, 2003 11:17 PM

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One sentence: the next generation of consumers are going to be far more tech savvy than the past generation. Yup, that's it, in a nutshell. People who grow up with computers and technology are not intimidated by it. They want to explore. They are going to demand better products instead of standing in awe of how wonderfully integrated a OS and a browser are. They want to seek out better software, faster browsers and they like to shop around on the net for good software. Broadband is also on the rise, so, downloading isn't a huge deal any more. So, we have a powerful feature rich browser that people are going to be looking for. And if Microsoft can't give them a good browser, they'll ditch IE. As Linux becomes more and more user friendly, an OS competition might start off too. And if that means that it will compel MS to develope a better browser and turn about from their current IE strategy, good. In the end, innovation will win out, and it that regard, it's tough to beat Mozilla.