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.

#55 features ...

by johann_p

Wednesday July 30th, 2003 6:25 AM

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ok, just a few examples: in other apps you can assign email to an arbirary number of classifications (not just 5 as in MailNews) and you can assign several classifications to one email. This has the huge advantage to you can order your email by several ordering strategies at once, i.e. projects, urgency, client etc. This is simply not possible in MailNews. Another very useful feature is that you associate follow up activities and deadlines to your emails. E.g. you only show all the emails that need you to complete a task in the next three days or that need to be answered today.

Something I have not seen in other apps yet is the (added?) ability to group and assign categories to emails, URLs, addresses, appointments together by task instead of having a folder in the address book, a folder in the bookmarks, a folder in the emails etc.

With a bit of interest in what people need to do and a bit of creativity it would be easy to come up with countless other new (well at least new to Mozilla) ideas. What serious users definitely do NOT need is endless theming and a distribution model where you have to go through a jungle of extensions with overlapping, contradictory and not very well documented features of unknown stability and quality.