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Processor.com: Browsing for a Browser

Aug 13, 2003, 08:30 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell Pavlicek)

"'The browser wars are over,' proclaim the pundits. 'Internet Explorer is the victor.' If you are looking at current market share, those claims seem correct. However, all that may be about to change.

"Why? Two reasons: The first is that Microsoft has announced that the next version of Internet Explorer will be tied directly to a new operating system. Current Windows users will be unable to upgrade IE past V6 without upgrading to the future new operating system. Given that many in the industry expect that it could be three years before this new operating system makes its debut, IE won't experience any major enhancements until about 2006.

"The second is the rise of Linux and open source. Linux is beginning to be evaluated on U.S. corporate desktops and is already beginning to appear on government desktops throughout Europe and Asia. And none of those desktops will be running IE..."

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