More reasons to avoid AOL and Microsoft products

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Technology
May 30th, 2003 • 10:22 pm

Here’s a new column about the slow death of Netscape as a viable force in the online world:

Is this the end of Netscape? ” by David Becker, C|Net

Now that AOL Time Warner has locked into IE for the foreseeable future, the usefulness of Netscape to the company seems tentative at best,

It’s bad enough to have a handful of de facto monopolies with stagnant technologies running the show. It’s even sadder to see them join forces rather than attempt to compete with each other.

With enemies like these, who needs friends?

Netscape might survive as a purely open source venture — but I don’t see it ever becoming a viable mainstream alternative again. Safari, on the other hand, has some momentum behind it.

To be true, the writing was on the wall for Netscape. When you see how long it took them to come up with a horrible piece of software such as Netscape 6, and when you compare this with how long it took Apple to come up with lean and mean Safari, you can easily realize that Netscape was doomed.

2 Responses to “More reasons to avoid AOL and Microsoft products”

  1. Caudwell says:

    Microsoft are the best company on the planet.

    Why keep blaming them for other peoples failings?

    Microsoft don’t have a monopoly – they have a collection of excellent products that are helping people every second of the day.

    If you don’t like their stuff – don’t buy it. Not much of a monopoly there.

    If success is a monopoly then Microsoft have Park Lane and Mayfair with hotels.

    Why don’t you donate $47 billion to charity then post a decent response?

  2. Pierre Igot says:

    This is a post about Netscape more than it is about Microsoft, but since you asked… I believe I give ample evidence elsewhere in this blog of how Microsoft’s near-monopoly of word processing makes inevitable that people like me will have to purchase their products and then endure their multiple failings.

    And I’d gladly donate $47b to charity if I had a $80b fortune. Really, I would. If that’s the only way that one can become qualified to talk about Microsoft’s products, then I am afraid there aren’t many qualified MS critics in the world (and you’re probably not one of them either).

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