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.

#66 Re: damn them capitalist!

by mikemarco

Wednesday July 30th, 2003 10:31 AM

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I'm not so sure. Government regulation is absolutely necessary for the maintenance of a market system. Easy example: how would business function without contract law? In my mind, the question is not whether or not the government should regulate capitalism. Rather, it is a question of degree, of how much regulation is absolutely necessary. Besides, I'd argue the opposite--lack of regulation (ahem, monopoly) makes for lazy industry. Think Microsoft--once they got to the top of the heap with IE, they stopped developing it. IE 6 for Windows is still plagued by any number of architectural problems (ask a web developer, there are tons on Mozillazine I'm sure). Mozilla, on the other hand, has improved with every release.

Too bad having a better product doesn't always lead to success. Who won the Beta vs. VHS wars?