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.

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by johann_p

Wednesday July 30th, 2003 1:20 AM

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the main problem with the MozillaSuite as it is is not he UI, but the awfulness of the way how this combination is done technically - it is error prone and hard to maintain. I do believe that for the target audience I have in mind (and it is a large one), the UI is not really to complex - these people want to do their work and the GUI lets them do it. I have even seen several low-profile computer users use Mozilla without any problems. The whole "bloated GUI" discussion is IMO something that wannabe experts brought up. Also, it *is* possible to have a clean GUI for complex programs - there is lots of room for improvement for the current GUI. But the main point is that there is simply no room for innovation if you want to create a simple, easy to use browser - we know how to do this, and we can already get them. Targetting that audience is a mistake, because these people will always choose IE. <p/> Mozilla should have from the beginning targeted corporate and power users and give them the functionality they are desperately looking for. I agree that MS is probably the one who will end up giving it to them.