Mozilla is On a Roll

This month’s release of Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0 and last month’s release of Mozilla Firefox 1.0 are just the beginning of a trend away from the unsecure, buggy, and relatively unsupported Internet Explorer that has dominated the free web browser scene. Ever since Netscape sat on its laurels after their 4.x versions, Microsoft slowly gathered steam to the 95% they once held. The recent 7.x versions of Netscape have just been ad-bloated versions of old and buggy Mozilla suites that are nothing more than a sideshow attraction. The opera browser, once the darling of the alternative browser scene, is a commercial browser with less capability that just cannot compete with “free.” Read On…

With the release of Mozilla Suite 1.7.5, the Mozilla Foundation continues to show their commitment to timely releases of bug fixes and security holes for their mature Internet toolset, which also includes IRC chat and HTML editing. To top it all off, they have just announced that the Sunbird calendar tool will be integrated into Thunderbird, under their Lightning project, aimed squarely at Outlook installations. Given an Outlook connector and integration with the Mozilla suite, it could be a drop-in replacement at Exchange sites that are looking for additional security. No doubt there are many waiting for theis opportunity to make this move.

With a pair of New York Times ads under its wing, the Mozilla Foundation has boosted its market share to 5% and bumped Microsoft to 92%. If Microsoft would just put more thought into the security of its products and implement long sought browser enhancements like tabbed browsing, they could prevent this loss. Given that the browsers are free, the stakes are not direct revenue loss, but instead involve loss of services that are associated with only the IE browser, and then possible from people who make the next jump away from the Windows operating system. For the majority of computer owners that do nothing but check email and browse the web, this is a reality. For corporations, this is a much harder thing to do as many of the serious applications that are used at the heart of a company for financial and project planning are only available for Windows. Many of these tools are Outlook integrated and wit ould be impossible to compete with that kind of interoperability. Given the strong surge that Mozilla has now, it very much resembles the Linux that I was playing with in 1991 that everyone called hobbyist junk. One day it will be capable of so much more.

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  1. This month’s release of Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0 and last month’s release of Mozilla Firefox 1.0 are just the beginning of a trend away from the unsecure, buggy, and relatively unsupported Internet Explorer that has dominated the free web browser scene. Ever since Netscape sat on its laurels after their 4.x versions, Microsoft slowly gathered steam to the 95% they once held. The recent 7.x versions of Netscape have just been ad-bloated versions of old and buggy Mozilla suites that are nothing more than a sideshow attraction. The opera browser, once the darling of the alternative browser scene, is a commercial browser with less capability that just cannot compete with “free.” Read On…

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