ZDNet Notes Continuing Efforts and Innovation of Alternative Browser Developers

Saturday February 21st, 2004

In a ZDNet editorial, Alex Kidman discusses how the developers of alternative browsers continue to fight on, despite Microsoft Internet Explorer having such a huge market share. Comparing alternative browser developers to fanatical guerrilla fighters, Kidman notes that most current browser innovation comes from these small players, while IE continues to coast. Thanks to Adam Hauner for the link.

#1 Nice li'l article.

by Gnu

Saturday February 21st, 2004 9:41 PM

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I think the point he was trying to make was that while people who use non-MS browsers on Windows platforms may seem fanatical on the surface -- solely existing to resist against IE's market dominance -- we actually just want a better browser. I'm hardly anti-Microsoft; I use their products daily, and my Windows machines coexist happily among other platforms. But their browser left a lot to be desired for me, and I found what I needed in Mozilla. People wouldn't stay long with a product out of sheer rebellion if it didn't fit their needs.

Has anyone else noticed that since Mozilla has started getting big press over the past year, you see less and less "recommended browser/best viewed with" statements on sites? "Niche" browsers like Safari and Mozilla may fill a minority market share, but when the minority screams standards compliance, developers tend to stand up and take notice. Evangelism is starting to take hold, and that's probably the most important goal of the Mozilla project.