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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.


#7 Re: Re: Re: Browser Wars

by dave532

Sunday February 22nd, 2004 3:37 AM

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> But Firefox already is Google-branded -- the built-in search bar uses the Google "G". Surely they're not doing this illegally?

By Google branded, I mean more than just a google icon, I mean an entire Google browser promoted on google.com just like their current IE toolbar has. It'd integrate the features that are not in the current Firefox (e.g. pagerank) that make the google toolbar popular.

And before someone points to googlebar.mozdev.org: 1. This is more about Google promoting Firefox not the fact that there's alternatives to the official google toolbar - just about everyone has heard of Google, it's a bigger name on the net than Netscape, if Google promoted this amazing popup blocking, tabbed Google browser then people would download and try it. 2. The unofficial Googlebars can't do all the official one does (pagerank specifically) 3. MS are taking on Google like they did with Netscape in the past, Google are still the most popular, so getting people to jump ship to a better browser will help Google when MS decides to make even tighter integration with MSN in IE.

Here's some people who think it's a good idea: <http://simon.incutio.com/…03/07/17/theGoogleBrowser> <http://www.dashes.com/ani…003/07/15/upon_the_demise> <http://slashdot.org/comme…sid=95978&cid=8218061>