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Internet Explorer At its Mix '06 designer confab next week, Microsoft will distribute a 'layout-complete' IE 7.0 test build, yet another step along the way toward the final IE 7.0 release, and talk IE futures, too.
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MysterMask
Member since:
2005-07-12

Oh, come on! Not again "the better product won" bullshit.

There are numerous examples that "the better product" has nothing to do with market success.

When Apple came out with the GUI for the masses, it was lightyears ahead of everything MS offered at that time (which MS admitted by making a third-class copy of it called Windows)
Did Betamax win against VHS. Does anybody talk about the "better product" when it comes to Blue-Ray vs. HD DVD?

Your logic also neglects the fact that there were more than just two browsers..

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ronaldst Member since:
2005-06-29

There are numerous examples that "the better product" has nothing to do with market success.

In the case I mentionned (NC4 vs IE4), the it was the better product and not about popularity. IE before 4.0 wasn't very good. No one used IE2 and IE3.

WinAMP still is very popular. Even though MS still bundles WMP with Windows Guess why? Could it be that WMP makes a crappy MP3 player?

Your logic also neglects the fact that there were more than just two browsers..

More than just two browsers? There was no others in the 4.0 era. Mosaic? ICab? Tell us who was the other web browser.

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Ronald Vos Member since:
2005-07-06

More than just two browsers? There was no others in the 4.0 era. Mosaic? ICab? Tell us who was the other web browser.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opera_%28web_browser%29 :

The browser was, until version 2.0, called MultiTorg Opera and was not available to the public although online documents show it at The Third International WWW Conference in 1995.[...]

The first public release was Opera 2.1 for Windows, released as shareware in 1996 [2].


And from the wikipedia Netscape article:

After releasing 5 preview releases from 1996 - 1997, Netscape Corp. released the final version of Netscape Communicator in June 1997. This new version, more or less based on Netscape Navigator 3 Code, updated and added new features (such as support of certain CSS1 elements, minimal dynamic font support and the proprietary object element). The new suite was successful, despite increasing competition from Internet Explorer 4.0 (which had, at that time, a far better HTML engine) and problems with the outdated browser core.

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