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.

#50 Re: ok, here comes my ritual rant

by janahan

Wednesday July 30th, 2003 1:48 AM

You are replying to this message

Its intresting you should mention the idea of a universal filestore, and repository.

Back in the day, when it was Netscape, they actually planned this for a Communicator release (maybe Communicator 5). It was called Aurora and was based along the RDF framework. The idea was that the netscpae "communicator and organisor" becomes a portal to world and your desktop. Allowing you to link between different files on both your hard disk, and online, link emails, and calendar entries.

This was the very thing that got Microsoft highly concerned, for this technology would make the operating system irrelevent, affecting the Windows Franchise. The focus on internet explorer was exactly to counter this threat. Microsoft like the idea of a universal task based file store. However, it has taken even them with their vast resources a very long time. It has started to appear in Windows XP together with Office XP, and IE6. However, the "glue" (.net) is not entirely ready. There is no integrated feel to it.

When Netscape lost the "browser wars", Aurora got ditched. However all is not yet lost. Mozilla and the GRE has got support for RDF and under underlying technology to power the "son of Aurora". It only takes a leve of maturity to be reached before Auror could be implemented again.

However, this should NOT be done as a single monolithic suite again. Mozilla is correct to move to standalone modules. This could make the future Aurora possible by mixing appropriate Modules and extensions together according to the tasks at hand, and creating a shell similar to somethign like Nautilus to host it all.