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.

#78 Re: less complexity or features?

by YFan

Thursday July 31st, 2003 8:55 PM

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>>unfortunately, the current TB and FB version indicate that it also means a lot less features.<< I would not say that that's unfortunate. FB has plenty of features, including the two most important: pop-up blocking and tabbed browsing, without significant complexity. A little more tab functionality and full implementation of the sidebar, and we got a winner (not that we don't have one already). Maybe I should have said less essential features. Now, the common switcher, who is most likely switching from IE, is not going to be looking for mouse gestures first thing in the morning. The target here is the IE users, not people that already use and are used to Mozilla and/or geeks. Neither is the common switcher going to be looking for bugs. If the browser was working fine before the extention and is messing up after the extension is installed, it is probably the extension. But my guess is that people will need to get comfy with FB first before they look at extensions.