The challenge to Internet Explorer

The Internet browser Firefox is going to whomp Microsoft Internet Explorer. I don't think that's a prediction; Firefox is ripping gobbets of market share from Internet Explorer. It is already in the hands of millions who are anti-Microsoft and will move into millions more who are unhappy with the security problems of Internet Explorer (among other things). And you know what? I don't think this triumph is the most important thing about Firefox. Yes, Firefox will become the most successful open-source consumer product ever, and force Microsoft to get off its duff. More important, I think and I hope it signals a turning point in what we expect from software. Reviews of Firefox abound, so I won't plunge into details. Most reviews are favorable but hedge--there's a reason for that, which I'll get back to. My point of view is simple: You owe it to yourself (and your business) to try it. Firefox is fast (Web pages pop), secure (it was built for security, and should stay that way for a while), runs on many platforms (Windows 98 and up, Linux, and Mac OS X), and uncluttered (the user interface is a model of simplicity). Since Internet Explorer--which until recently had over 95 percent of the market--is not fast, not very secure, not multiplatform, nor uncluttered, Firefox deserves to succeed.
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January 03, 2005 06:16 PM | Posted in Mozilla

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Check out W3schools for the newest browser stats:

** They have split up the Mozilla stats to display Firefox separately.
** MSIE is almost down another percent.
** MSIE 5 is declining steadily, but not as strongly as I thought it would. I assumed many of the old Win98 boxes would be replaced this christmas.

Comment by Adaxl at January 3, 2005 07:24 PM | Permalink

Hm. I'm pro firefox and pro choice, not necessarily anti-microsoft.

Comment by tm at January 3, 2005 10:53 PM | Permalink

The biggest thing that Firefox needs to do is force IE to support W3 standards more completely. I'm okay with IE being used (although I won't use it myself) if and only if it supports standards set by the W3, not the marketing wonks at Microsoft.

Comment by rdean at January 4, 2005 12:40 AM | Permalink

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