'The Guardian' on the Second Browser War

Thursday July 15th, 2004

The Guardian's weekly Online supplement (included with today's paper) has a cover story about the growing threat to Microsoft from Mozilla and other browsers. Author Ben Hammersley contends that with the efforts of Mozilla, Opera and Apple, browser development is "rocking like it's 1997". He lists IE's recent security holes, the maturity of alternative browsers and the formation of organisations like the WHAT Working Group as reasons for Microsoft to be worried. He concludes that the ever-growing increase of Web browsers as platforms could threaten to overhaul the dominance of Microsoft Windows.

While it's a nice article, we're fairly certain we read the conclusion at Joel on Software last month (see How Microsoft Lost the API War, particularly the Enter the Web bit).