Mozilla Alliance Gnaws at IE Dominance

Microsoft's dominance is a well documented and controversial fact. Although much is said about how that overwhelming domiance came to be and various court cases are still debating the matter, another factor has also assisted Microsoft. It is also well known that there has been no serious, mainstream, attempt to offer a better all-round product than Intenet Explorer. Mozilla had been going from beta to beta for four years, Opera seems to have an almost snobbish attitude to Windows users while Netscape, at some point seemed to give up.

Things have changed. The official release of Mozilla has finally seen the light of day, Netscape seem to have greatly improved their browser from version 6.2 on and Opera, well Opera are still snobbish.
For all the marketing might of Microsoft, these new browser products have once again demonstrated that if a decent product is made available, people will notice it. As a result for the month ending June 21, Internet Explorer saw its share of the browser market drop, for the first time in quite a while, by 1.3 percent, according to OneStat, an Internet statistics research group. Don't open the champagne to celebrate Microsoft's demise yet though. Following the drop IE now only holds a miserly 95.3 percent of the market. In order to better appreciate however, what that drop means, the numbers for the other major browsers have to be looked at.

Netscape

Netscape browsers were used by 3.4 percent of the 2 million user sample. That means AOL's baby showed an increase in use of 0.6 percent. Half of that increase, 0.3 percent, was a direct result of people using preview release 1 of Netscape 7.

Mozilla

Mozilla 1.0 was used by 0.4 percent of the sample. That figure is deceivingly low however and Mozilla's percentage constitutes an admirable achievement considering the official is only 2 weeks old and is an open source project.

Opera

Opera also saw its share of the market rise by 0.2 percent from 0.5 to 0.7 percent. Opera 6.0 was the sixth most popular browser for this month with 0.6 percent of the users prefering it to other options.

These figures do show that web surfers are not mindless pawns on Microsoft's evil chess game against the free market, but rather that everyone is willing to use any product which convinces them that they will be safe and worry-free while using it.

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Mozilla Alliance Gnaws at IE Dominance

What are you talking about?? Your articles seem to be deteriorating in quality every time I read one. They are very biased and hidden advertisintg seems to reside: take for example the continuous 'WinMX' articles, on every release. Opera is not 'snobbish', what do you mean snobbish, you fools. You clearly have not actually conducted a survey about user's preferences. Try doing a quick look at your server logs and that will give you an insight into user's prefernces. Opera alround is defiantly my favourite; it is intuitive, and has many, many very very useful extras, e.g. integrated search box's, integrated e-mail and news, the option of refusing pop-ups, refusing referrer logging, by-passing browser sniffers, hot-click**, and so many more, just get it yourself and you will see. It promotes the internet as it should be; complying to the standards as set down by consortiums, instead of swaying to monopoly 'Street HTML', as used by microsoft and I am sure Netscape aswell. Opera defianttly listens to its users. Q. Why do companys compete for browsers when they don't make any money of them? Opera is an exception. If I had a job (a high-school student here) I would defiantly purchase Opera. Download it yourself, and you'll see, it an excellent browser. I doubt very much that you at MegaGames actually downloaded and used all browsers before you made a verdict. Opera rules! OK. It's success is greatly deserved and any critical review of it is obviously not justifed.

Mozilla Alliance Gnaws at IE Dominance

Yea, opera is a straight up good browswer.........the only browswer that has really given me alot of problems yet is internet explorer. Everytime i turn around something is screwed up about it. As for netscape.....a great browswer but a little bit slower.

Mozilla Alliance Gnaws at IE Dominance

You will find that most of the problems with internet explorer come from 3rd party software (i.e. plugins) not the actual browser itself.Personally I don't think you can beat IE's integration with the OS. I love being able to surf from my c drive, to a networked drive, to a website, then back to c drive again.It isn't that great as a browser though, which is why I use "NetCaptor". Its an awesome addon to IE that gives IE the functionality it should come with by default.

Mozilla Alliance Gnaws at IE Dominance

I love IE, I admit it, but I do think that more could be done to give control users. This hiding closing buttons, and keeping windows minimized should not be allowed.I have tried mozilla, and I was impressed, I hate the default skins, but you can get a nice IE one :) It also has some nice anti-popup features. But I dont like the netscape style plugins.Its good, but just not enough to take the place of IE.

Mozilla Alliance Gnaws at IE Dominance

tried netscape 7 hated the idea that it always came up with register screen name and such trash. Use IE cos it came with OS. Trashed IE when Mozilla came online. Renders faster, tabbed browsing rocks, calender rules and mail much better. Haven't found glaring holes in security yet but still checking and it conforms to standards. If ms release a better version of IE then will consider it but M is here to stay so far.

Mozilla Alliance Gnaws at IE Dominance

MY THOUGHTS???Well since i did help develop mozilla, and beta test Netscape 7.1 and 7.2 (and 8.0 is coming out soon but i cant talk about that right now) but...i will have to say MOZILLA RULES! ([url removed] IE there are so many frikin bugs! sure they might not be major bugs, or ones that just pop up in your face and say F YOU! but IE is slower, becuase of all of the stupid random worthless shit it loads and stuff like that, it frequently crashes also, and sometimes it gives out an error message about some dynamic link library file that "somehow" has an error and you have to restart the computer to run IE or some other programs, Mozilla has heen open source for years and it was programed by REAL PEOPLE and tested by REAL PEOPLE! so thats all i have to say for now. (i love the anti pop up option, i suddenly reilized that it wasent just me who hated thoes !@#$%ing pop ups that randomly take you places you dont want to go, and sent a msg to my dad who used to work for netscape (in charge of a Netscape office in san diego) and i gues somehow the idea became a reality :)

Mozilla Alliance Gnaws at IE Dominance

i don't know how i started using opera browser, i just did for some reason, and i fell in love with it's functionality right away :) at that time Opera claimed to be the fastest browser on the Earth, and i have to agree, since the mouse gestures made use of your bandwidth to the max. i was able to slow down a 1mbit connection, while checking "my stuff" heh. i haven't really looked in mozilla and netscape's direction, so i can't say anything about them.like the thoughts of ie_rule, about the use of "street html". if my browser had, like 95% of the market share, would i then make up my own rules, make sure that the world followed them, and gave a f*ck about HTML standards? i think that IE should ask them selves that question, and hopefully answer the same as i did.. (the answer is NOT: "no, let's f*ck 'em!" ;) )

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