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.

#5 Re: Wishful thinking

by jilles

Tuesday July 29th, 2003 1:38 AM

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The problem for MS is that IE is not making them any profits (directly). Over the past few years the browser wars have cost them hundreds of millions without directly resulting in more revenue. This has resulted in marginallizing the competition (primarily netscape) and driven webdevelopers towards microsofts server products, which at the time needed to be promoted. At the time Netscape was also a serious threat in the server market. The browser wars eliminated Netscape as a threat, prevented SUN from making its poorly executed thin client strategy from working and made MS an established player in the server market.

Its server products no longer need internet explorer to prove their usefullness. In fact most MS server products work just fine with alternative browsers. I doubt mozilla getting stronger would have much effect on MS server product revenue. As long as that remains the case, MS has little reason to finance browser war 2.