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Digit: Why Mozilla Matters

Oct 14, 2003, 11:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon Udell)

"The browser is dead. It's gone to meet its maker, shuffled off its mortal coil, and joined the bleedin' choir invisible. Macromedia knows this. Microsoft knows this. The makers of countless variations on the theme of the next-generation rich Internet client know this.

"Everyone knows this except the people who build and deploy Internet apps. We surveyed them recently, and they told us last-century Web apps are not only alive and kicking, but dominant. Is that nostalgia, or a leading indicator? Both, I suspect.

"The pros and cons of the browser's always-connected page-refresh model are understood. Zero-footprint, cross-platform ubiquity is the upside; a clumsy UI tied to a Net umbilical cord is the downside..."

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