Computerworld's Cusumano Takes Another Look at Mozilla

Monday November 1st, 1999

Mike Cusumano, writer of the Computerworld article that was much derided in our forum has taken a fresh look at Mozilla, and in his latest article at Computerworld has come to a different conclusion. I would like to thank him for having the fortitude to revisit Mozilla, and for posting his apology in his column.

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by Kovu <>

Monday November 1st, 1999 8:32 AM

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I liked the updated article much better. Thanks are due to Mike for being a true journalist in this matter. As to Navigator, it's due into beta December 15th, we can but hope. To me at least, the benefits for Navigator are fairly obvious -- the new code. Also, the cross-platform nature of the code will save developers huge amounts of time later, while granted it has taken some time to do this. But it's worth it.

As to Navigator retaking the browser market, I don't know if it's really relevant. Any company can take Mozilla code and make a browser out of it. I think that while the Navigator browser will do well (especially once AOL really starts slinging it around on CDs again), the browser war will fragment into Mozilla children running to and fro, especially in light of how modular and embeddable Mozilla is and the push for Internet appliances. In short, I think Mozilla will take IE, but I don't know that Navigator will ever have a 70+ market share again. But so long as Microsoft doesn't dominate any longer with IE and its jaded, proprietary leanings, I'm happy.