Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Aug 2009 08:02 UTC
Internet & Networking The browser wars have really been heating up again lately. Thanks to Mozila's Firefox, Internet Explorer is no longer the undisputed king, and browsers are popping up all over the place trying grab a piece of the pie. A new browser project called RockMelt is in development - and it's backed by Mosaic developer and Netscape founder Marc Andreessen.
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penetrating the market
by TheGreatSudoku on Fri 14th Aug 2009 10:46 UTC
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2009-07-28

The biggest hurdle for any new browser, as the cnet article stated, is penetrating the existing browser market. Chrome is only at 2%, Firefox at 23%, with no mention of where Opera/Safari/other alternatives stand...

In order for RockMelt to succeed it has to be as simple and intuitive as the "default" browsers IE and Safari WHILE incorporating things like support for the vast amount of plugins/extentions/themes/other addons Firefox offers WHILE being as fast and lightweight as Opera.

I don't think a tight integration with facebook is enough, as a tight integration with Google only has gotten Chrome a 2% user base. Perhaps if there were enhanced facebook features ONLY available in Rockmelt WHILE taking advantage of all I mentioned it MAY stand a chance in the era of Browser War II.

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RE: penetrating the market
by Kroc on Fri 14th Aug 2009 10:51 in reply to "penetrating the market"
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2005-11-10

It took Firefox 5 years to get where it is now, and a lot of that is entirely grass roots. IE6 was so bad, that when Firefox came along and presented a workable alternative, everybody jumped at the chance to spread the word.

I don’t think Google are done with Chrome yet, not by a long shot.

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RE[2]: penetrating the market
by Karitku on Fri 14th Aug 2009 13:08 in reply to "RE: penetrating the market"
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2006-01-12

There is also money part. IE and Safari are both part of OS so money comes from OS sales, Chrome is back by Google that gets money from ads, Firefox is backed by Mozilla Foundation which is donation based plus ads, Opera is backed mostly by mobile browser sales and ads, then there is huge number of other browsers that are mostly forks of those.

Back in Netscape days competition was much less. I really fail to see how they plan to finance this new browser production, ads most likely. But to get good ad revenue you need lot of users, very hard combo for new product.

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RE[2]: penetrating the market
by WorknMan on Fri 14th Aug 2009 14:40 in reply to "RE: penetrating the market"
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2005-11-13

It took Firefox 5 years to get where it is now, and a lot of that is entirely grass roots. IE6 was so bad, that when Firefox came along and presented a workable alternative, everybody jumped at the chance to spread the word.


Yeah, and it also happened while MS sat on their laurels and didn't touch IE for several years either. No such luck now.

Anyway, whatever browser comes out now days needs at the very least some sort of ad-blocking capability. Otherwise, I ain't going near it.

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