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E-Commerce Times: Apple's Real Worry Isn't the Loss of IE

Jun 20, 2003, 01:00 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alex Salkever)

"One out of 10 is enough to force Web developers to build sites that are friendly to multiple browsers. Linux and Apple share between them more than a half-dozen viable browsers. Those include Konqueror, Mozilla, Camino (a Mozilla-based browser), and Opera, among others. Should Linux' desktop growth continue, more and more developers will feel compelled to make their Web pages friendly to a wider variety of browsers.

"Still, a much bigger problem looms ahead for Apple. That Redmond pulled the plug on IE for Apple was hardly a surprise. After all, Jobs & Co. must have expected some reaction when it released Safari. But far more daunting is the prospect of Microsoft abandoning the Mac version of its popular Office software. That's because Apple hasn't yet shown it can replace Office for most of its users. And without Office, Apple's whole 'switchers' program to convert Windows users will probably run aground..."

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