Mozilla: Microsoft IE's Challenger



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Code : COM0041

Year :
2004

Industry : Internet and e-commerce

Region : USA

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Abstract: In 1998, when Microsoft was fast becoming a near-monopoly in the browser market, Netscape created Mozilla.org and released the programming source code for its Communicator software to the open source community.

The Mozilla project's objective was to develop a good browser quickly. After 32 months and several releases, Mozilla, its Internet application suite, and Firefox, its standalone browser, have become very popular with Internet users. Mozilla's browsers have become famous for being clutter- free and innovative, and word-of-mouth marketing.

Pedagogical Objectives:

  • To discuss whether the technically superior, open-source community backed Mozilla can upstage IE (Internet Explorer) in the light of Microsoft IE's security loopholes
  • To discuss the current hurdles and future opportunities for Mozilla
  • To discuss possible future scenarios in the browser market.

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    Keywords : Mozilla, Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE), Netscape, Browser wars, Security problems in IE, Competitive Strategies Case Study, Mozilla Foundation, Bugzilla, Mozilla extensions, Longhorn project, Standalone browsers, Mitchell Baker

    Contents :
    Browser War I
    The Mozilla Project
    Security Holes in IE


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