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Mozilla Takes on Microsoft in China

Jan 12, 2008, 19:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chi-Chu Tschang)

"Like most Chinese Internet users, Chengdu native Gang Lu for years used Microsoft's Internet Explorer for his Web browsing. He switched to Firefox, the open-source browser, six years ago only after going to Britain for graduate school and finding most of his friends and colleagues using it. Today, Lu is the London director of business development at Netvibes Asia, which offers personalized home pages, and spends much of his time working with Chinese Web startups. He says he's frustrated because so few Chinese sites support Firefox. 'I have visited quite a few Internet companies and talked to their developers. More than 95% of these guys say: 'We just need to make sure our Web site or our service can work on IE. I don't care about Firefox.''

"Now, Firefox fans are trying to boost the upstart browser's Chinese profile..."

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