Microsoft and the Browser Wars
One of our favorite Authors is
Jim Edwards. He is a syndicated newspaper columnist who recently
published this article discussing Browser Wars
and Security Problems
one of his regular newspaper columns. (http://www.TheNetReporter.com)
This is what he wrote:
Will Microsoft Lose The Browser Wars?
Written by: Jim Edwards -
© Jim Edwards -
All Rights reserved http://www.thenetreporter.com
Until recently, software giant, Microsoft's Internet
browser enjoyed a relatively unchallenged
position as the most
popular Web browser in the world.
Despite lawsuits and charges of unfair competition from the
of Netscape and others, Microsoft dominates browser
with over 90% market share.
Microsoft's dominance of the browser market stems mainly
the simple fact that the majority of computers get
Microsoft Windows as the default operating
Internet Explorer (IE) comes standard with all Windows
and, thus, virtually everyone automatically gets
the IE browser.
By default, Microsoft owns the browser market because they
catch consumers early, get them conditioned to using the IE
software, and, until recently, no other software offered a
compelling enough reason to switch.
However, with a seemingly endless rash of security problems,
consumers started looking elsewhere for alternative Web
This consumer demand may well spell the end of Microsoft's
dominance in the browser marketplace.
In response to severe security vulnerabilities, several
Web browsers recently gained significant market
** Opera.com **
One of the original "alternative" browsers, "Opera" offers a
significant number of interesting tweaks over Internet
including the ability to open more than one html
page within the
browser, as opposed to one page per window
The free version of Opera carries advertising messages, but
$39 you can turn off the advertising and unlock
** Mozilla.com **
Mozilla actually offers two choices for alternative Web
browsing. Mozilla 1.7, the current version of the original
Mozilla software, includes an email program, newsgroup
and even a chat feature.
Mozilla also offers a newer browser called "Firefox" that
people raving about enhanced features. Both
browsers come free
of charge and do not appear to carry any
third party advertising.
** Netscape.com **
Netscape, one of the original Web browsers, still offers its
software free, though you must do some searching on
their site to
Scroll to the bottom and click "Download Latest Netscape
Based on their site, Netscape seems to be in the middle of
identity crisis since they look more like Yahoo! than a
** An 800 lb. Gorilla on the horizon? **
Online search engine powerhouse, Google, has never shied
from taking on Microsoft.
In fact, they've done something Microsoft couldn't do,
turn a profit with a search engine.
Based on past behavior, how long do you think it will take
to release a Web browser of their own?
Despite statements to the contrary, I believe Google will
come out with their own Web browser within the next 18
Look at their Hotmail.com alternative, Gmail, at
Google gave away so much storage space they forced Hotmail
make major concessions in their free service.
Google Desktop blows away the Microsoft search utility for
Don't for a second think Google doesn't have a browser in
development and a strategy to release it (for free) if they
cut Microsoft off at the knees.
posted Nov. 2004
-- Jim Edwards is a syndicated newspaper columnist
(http://www.TheNetReporter.com) and is the author of
several best-selling ebooks, information products and
co-author of an impressive new ebook that will
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