RE: [Jeff Covey @ Freshmeat] We Are Losing the Browser War

From: Gavin Thomas Nicol (
Date: Wed Mar 28 2001 - 06:51:20 PST

>All these "mays" and "shoulds" thats not enough. You cant
>build an almost browser and expect that the wind will just
>carry it to success. This is why microsoft eats people's
>lunch. They dont stop, they work hard and finish that
>last 10% that makes stuff go.

This is an important point. MS is known for tenacity in
product development, that's for sure. That last 10%
makes the difference between something great and something
that's just good.

That said, it's true that IE is on most people's desktops
when they get them. IE has to be good enough to give most
people no incentive to move... and it certainly fits that
bill. What that means, practically, is that in order to
displace IE, NS (which I personally use) or Opera have
to be *vastly* better. They aren't (yet).

You can say that's unfair, but that's life. The justice
department isn't going to remove IE from everyone's
desktop to "even the playing field".


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