Reader Opinion: Mozilla Needs Netscape
Tuesday August 10th, 1999
Eric Murphy, MozillaZine member and regular contributor in our forums, has written an opinion piece on the Netscape/mozilla.org situation. To read it, click Full Article below.
#30 Reader Opinion: Mozilla Needs Netscape
Wednesday August 11th, 1999 4:19 PM
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Currently users switch to IE(4/5) because somehow they feel that Mozilla(5) and Communicator(4) has been put off to the side.
AOL/Netscape should learn something from Microsoft- give every single bug release as a new x.0 version. Communicator 4.5 should have been named 5.0 in the first place. That way people won't feel that IE is "newer" or "more cutting edge".
Finally, IE/Win98 is tough to beat. However, knowing that users don't use Active Desktops anyway, there are lots of things that Mozilla can do to make it "integrated". For example, Mozilla can make itself "load at startup" to make users feel that it loads like Notepad. They can let Mozilla browse folders. And that would nullify the Win/IE integration experience.
On the distribution side, AOL should put Netscape on every AOL disk. Make Mozilla "an option" for AOL. Ask ISPs to make Mozilla "an option", perhaps giving away old versions of server softwares for free.