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"Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya."
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Posted on June 20, 2004 3:02 PM in Browsers
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Via an article on Slashdot today I found links to Mozilla's Gervase Markham's blog and Microsoft's Dave Massy's blog, both indicating that Microsoft is finally ramping up its Internet Explorer team.

"Gerv" writes:

When Firefox gets stable and hits 1.0, there'll be a massive publicity explosion. Our product is too good not to get converts. Then, when the new IE is released, the browser wars will return. Hopefully, this time, we'll be competing on usability, not on how well we can balkanise the web.

Dave Massy writes:

...the Internet Explorer team does exist and does care. In my new job role I'm very interested in hearing about what you the customers would like to see. I know that there are many requests already out there around CSS support, transparent PNG support etc. and we do read every single one of them.

I'm excited to know that Internet Explorer may be changing soon. It's about time that browser sync'd up with today's web. Don't forget, there was a time when Internet Explorer was the best web browser available, bar none. In situations like these, competition is a good thing. However, as things stand now, I'd say Firefox doesn't need to lose any sleep. It has easily been the best browser around for quite some time now, and it doesn't have 6 versions under its belt.


Arcanius on June 28, 2004 at 4:19 PM:

Its about frizickin' time. I remember when I grudgingly switched from Netscape Communicator 4 to MSIE 4 because IE was clearly the better browser. I stuck with it to version six, but thanks to the advice of some friends, I became aware of Firefox and very quickly converted. Thunderbird followed soon after.

What seems most amazing to me is that M$ let the web pass them by twice now - first at the beginning, and then after they achieved dominance that first time. Firefox is so good, however, that I don't think MSIE can really ever become better unless Firefox screws up (as Netscape did moving to 4.0 and beyond). As long as teh Firefox team stays away from catastrophes like the latest default skin change, I think they'll be ok.


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