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.

#75 less complexity or features?

by johann_p

Thursday July 31st, 2003 12:25 AM

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unfortunately, the current TB and FB version indicate that it also means a lot less features. Having to install extensions for every feature you need is not a good (and not a simple) solution, and has a lot of other drawbacks of which I will only mention a two: unless extension development is tightly controlled it is hard to make sure that features do not overlap and that the UI for using them fits and remains simple. It is also much harder to find bugs and find out if they are due to an extension or the main program. It seems to me that extensions are an easy way for developers to get problems and RFEs from their table - somone should make an extension, end of story. But this is short-sighted and will make the end result worse.