The Death of Netscape vs. living browsers, analogies to media players, Mozilla.org’s new look, web services need browsers.
So. Relevant browsers that will continue: Safari, Mozilla, Opera, and somewhere way down the road, IE/Win. Relevant browsers that will not: IE/Mac and Netscape. Given the tiny market shares for each, in the grand scheme of things, all we’re losing is a false sense of security. Change is inevitable; learn to love it. §
Originally posted to StopDesign.
Other than Internet Explorer, Microsoft has created other utilities that mimic popular software to undercut competition. Windows Media Player has had roughly the same development cycle as the browser, and the only reason I can see that Real, Quicktime, and even Winamp are still around is because of proprietary media formats that the vendors refuse to open.
Ironic, isn’t it? I’m not saying standards killed the competition, but I wonder to what extent Microsoft’s involvement in the W3C will continue from this point. §
The latest incarnation feels like a well–thought out marketing site, highlighting product features and quoting Time Magazine, Joel Spolsky, and others. Somebody is starting to get it right over there, and if they’d like some volunteer work to polish it even further, all they need do is ask. §
The question begs itself: if web services really are where software is going, why aren’t more software developers making noise against the death of the browser? Avoiding ‘Sharecropping’ logically means supporting open software/standards. Developing for one browser is no different than developing for one operating system. §