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.

#53 Re: Mozilla mops the floor with IE on features

by mlefevre

Wednesday July 30th, 2003 4:24 AM

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IE has a bunch of those extensions built in. You can block images with IE, you can get popup blocking (Google's bar has it and it's free), you can get tabbed browsing (with bookmark groups), you can get disabling of statusbar text and window moving/resizing, you can get built-in searching from hundreds of search engines.

I'm not saying IE is as good as Mozilla/Firebird, but IE is extensible and there are extensions for it (Google's bar is probably the best example - it's an extension and it probably has more users than Mozilla itself). Mozilla has the edge, but, as you say, IE has the distribution advantage, and if you're going to compete, you need more than an edge, you need to be so many light years ahead that people will make the effort to switch just to get the features.