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.

#16 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Browser Wars

by mlefevre

Sunday February 22nd, 2004 1:17 PM

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"but if before ... MSN becomes a useful tool people get used to downloading Firefox for all the excellent features not in IE"

I can see that that would probably make it in Google's interests to back Firefox. However, that would require Firefox to have a chunky market share - something at least comparable with IE's. Same applies to sites being designed for IE, as you say.

But how sure are you that Firefox will have a 40-50% share of browser users (even with Google's backing) before Microsoft's search technology is able to compete with Google's? Doesn't sound like a good bet to me.