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Re: [News] Mozilla: Firefox Surpasses 15% Market Share

  • Subject: Re: [News] Mozilla: Firefox Surpasses 15% Market Share
  • From: Hadron Quark <hadron@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 03 Aug 2006 19:05:42 +0200
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Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> __/ [ John A. Bailo ] on Thursday 03 August 2006 17:48 \__
>> Hadron Quark wrote:
>>> Out of curiosity, and at the risk of appearing even stupider than I am,
>>> why is even in MSs interest to worry so much about IE?  It doesnt
>>> generate revenue for them does it?
>> I've posed that question lots of times.
>> I don't know why they "killed" Netscape in the first place back in the 90s.
>> It makes no sense to me except some kind of wanton bloodlust.
>> Now they are going to great pains to create IE7 -- which basically /undoes/
>> all of their "web integrated" architecture up through IE6 and makes it more
>> like...Firefox!
>> Well, guys, why bother...why not just use Firefox and promote it.   I mean,
>> listen up Steve Ballmer -- if you want to gain immense PR points, and erase
>> some of the negativity in the user community, this would be the ideal way
>> for you.
>> I mean, ok, they may have thought that they had to fear Netscape because it
>> was another CSS company -- but Firefox is open source...they could even
>> take Firefox and make enhancements and redistribute a SP3XP optimized
>> version of it.
> You are forgetting that Firefox is the route to a migration to Mac
> OS/Linux.

So what? They dont have to follow that route. And forget firefox : they
dont have to promote it either. Let people choose. I can see no reason
for them to want their own browser and the challenges that provides.

> What does not weaken Microsoft's competition (e.g. Google search) is
> permitting threat to resurface (e.g. Web services, desktop software like
> Google Chat which ruins MSN's advertisement-based revenue stream). Take for
> example Mozilla Thunderbird, which offers another type of independence from
> Microsoft.

I'm not sure I see the link betweent that and IE v FF.


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