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Mozilla Foundation Looking for Names of Organizations That Have Switched to Mozilla

Sunday July 18th, 2004

Bart Decrem writes: "The Mozilla Foundation is looking for examples of companies or organizations that have moved from IE to Mozilla-based browsers in the last few weeks. Please chime in if you know of any!"


#23 Re: Re: Better MS Exchange support required for Co

by Milhouse

Sunday July 18th, 2004 8:33 PM

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You might be right, maybe we don't want to make Thunderbird into an Outlook-clone - but unless Thunderbird can compete head to head with Outlook it's not going to stand a chance in a Corporate environment. Getting a Corporate to sanction the use of Thunderbird as a supported product in the IT infrastructure (as a replacement for Outlook or as an alternative) is simply not going to happen if that Corporate has to support additional apps (over and above Thunderbird, such as Sunbird) in order for the user to obtain the benefits of a full-featured Groupware product. Corporates want to support as few apps as possible, if Sunbird is required for Calendar, and "xyzbird" for Diary then it just won't happen.

And as the other poster states - better Exchange integration is essential, even to just read and post email. Groupware functionality is the icing on the cake, but it sounds like it will never happen in a way that can compete with Outlook which is a shame, since I doubt the organisation I work for (with 70,000 Windows XP desktops) will ever consider replacing Outlook with Thunderbird if a raft of add-on products are required as well.

The organisation I work for has recently approved the use of NS7 (and derivatives, ie. Gecko-based Mozilla/Firefox) browsers which should help undermine IE as the browser of choice for our web developers. :)

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