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.

#7 The opposite is true

by johann_p

Tuesday July 29th, 2003 2:16 AM

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Actually I do believe that things will develop rather differently: MS is well aware that the browser is an essential part of modern computer use. It is getting even more important on an OS that has some Palladium-like capabilities and is intended to support usable DRM out of the box. Unless both the OS and browser competition is starting to think how to provide this functionality too, the market "share" of alternative products will become even less noticable. But basically, there is no way to fight MS at the feature level - the only level that remains is the political level. People have to decide that they would like to have a real market again and that they do not like to have one company control 95% of what is needed in hospitals, offices, shops, the military, public administration and other essential parts of modern life. As long as they do not care, MS will continue to be the all-encompassing molich it is now, and grow.