Two Pieces on Mozilla Press Coverage
Sunday October 10th, 1999
Kelly McNeill writes, "osOpinion has an enlightening editorial piece expanding upon Time Digital article entitled 'Whatever Happened to Netscape 5.0?' Here's a quote from their piece: 'It's quite an extraordinary thing when a major media outlet publishes an article that manages to get every single fact wrong. It appears that Time digital has made the extraordinary happen. This article condemns Netscape for not releasing a version 5.0 browser this year. Furthermore, it attempts to blame the Mozilla Project for the delay. Anyone that has taken the time to follow the history of Mozilla knows how outrageous these assertions are.'"
Also, we have a new reader review by David Santiago that addresses some of the misconceptions in Mozilla's press coverage.
#4 Fire up the media machine
Wednesday October 13th, 1999 7:21 AM
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Imagine being an Internet provider, web-mail provider, online shopping centre or some other Internet-based company that *depends* on browser software to get customers. Imagine the possibilities of using XUL and Java for their site. Web-mail providers can create professional pop-up windows with their own interface, ISPs can create their own customised browser with company look, and I won't even elaborate on the possibilities for online shopping.
But the only way you can keep your customers happy is by supplying them improvements. That's what competition is all about. There might be a lot of ISPs who'd love to use Mozilla, but are forced to sign a contract with Mircosoft to use IE5 and upcoming versions for the next 5 years, simply because they need to survive and can't live on "empty" promises or expectations. Either they don't know about Mozilla and its possibilities, or are losing customers because they're still shipping NS4 while everyone wants to use IE5.
There are two ways to win these companies for Mozilla. One is to release a superior product, the other is to refer to an upcoming superior product and inform them on its possibilities. If an ISP can tell its customers, "well, we're not switching to IE5 because there's something *better* coming up soon. And if you want to know what it is, read here." <insert link to Mozilla press release> their customers might want to stick around.
Microsoft did it with its press releases on Win95, Win98 and now Win2000, and by releasing demo versions to developers etc. etc. and making promises on their upcoming product when it wasn't even there. If Netscape wants to survive, they better get on it quickly. And, contrary to Microsoft, they *have* a product to back up their claims and promises.
Come on, how hard is it to release a stable-ish build, complete with explanation, a cool story to go with is, and links to a bunch of cool XUL/Java demos that show the possibilities and advantages for various companies? Any Netscape-based XUL wizards that have time to create a simple Webmail interface in XUL, or a few cool skins?