I won’t bore everyone with the constant rehashing of the Netscape story. If you haven’t heard the it in it’s totality, try google. But I have noticed some similarities between FireFox and Netscape.
The most obvious and biggest similarity is the main competition. Microsoft. I’m beginning to believe that some people discard Microsoft simply because they don’t like the “Corporate Giant” feel of Microsoft. The problem with that thinking is that Microsoft has a very large amount of money to throw at a problem.
Take Firefox for instance. Not a great big problem, but all of a sudden Internet Explorer 7 beta comes out and works almost the same as Firefox and is almost as stable. And it’s in beta.
So let me explain the way that Microsoft handles these things. A threat like FireFox comes along and Microsoft notices immediately. Don’t be fooled into thinking that they don’t. They stay quiet about it, but they take that threat and disassemble it. Study it piece by piece. Take the bits and pieces that people like and re-engineer them. Add them into their current software and viola! Microsoft software is just as good as the competitor and it already has such a market share that it wins handily. It happened to Netscape and it just may happen to Firefox.