__/  on Friday 21 October 2005 01:05 \__
> Larry Qualig wrote:
>> "B Gruff" <bbgruff@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>>> A word of caution though from The Register:-
>>> "Since Firefox lacks a proper update function you have to download the
>>> software every time you want to update the browser, as reg</em readers
>>> point out. Because of this it would be unwise to conclude there are
>>> anything approaching 100m Firefox users out there."
>>> (Hmmm .... on the other hand, I've installed a couple of dozen for people
>>> over the last 12 months from my own CD...... and it does seem to be
>>> included in one or two Linux distros, and presumably those distros each
>>> have a customer or two.....)
The Register points out an important fact that I thought about many times
before. Don't forget, however, that plenty of people 'hop aboard' only
when 1.0.5, for example, come out. In fact, since growth/expansion is un-
likely to be linear, one must take that assumption into consideration.
I got us another Firefox user last night. She wasn't enlightened enough to
ever make the transition either. Her Blue E was broken by something that
she installed (or installed itself) so my finger pointed at Opera or Fire-
fox as quick fix, or as I phrased it -- "an upgrade".
>>> I note that Thunderbird is pretty popular amongst the Windows enthusiasts
>>> here as well...:-)
Hey, people want their mail to be stored in a format that's interpretable.
Back when I was using Outlook Express on a laptop I was saving all mes-
sages as HTML or EML (plain E-mail). I did this on a monthly basis.
>> September 2005 Browser Market Share:
>> Microsoft Internet Explorer - 86.87%
>> FireFox - 7.55%
> Thanks - so now it means FireFox is main stream product
> because its passed the magic 7% threshold set for
> global market share. No responsible corporation or
> government body (notably FEMA), management, software
> developer company, training institute etc can refuse
> to support it without taking flack and possibly risk
> facing legal action.
Exactly! The evidence begins to surface too. Noone can ignore the
Mozilla/Netscape family, let alone design solely for MSIE. This sudden
change in tide helps Opera and Safari (among others) users as well. Mi-
crosoft see another lock-in, whereby users without Windows (hence IE) are
discriminated against, immediately broken. OpenOffice (version 2 for Linux
and Windows now out) has a similar effect. You can use Solaris these days
and not be crippled by anything.
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